above - Civil War reenactors
below - War of 1812 reenactors
Red uniforms were worn so that 'friend or foe' could be easily identified with the dense smoke from the muskets and cannon fire.
The drums were an important part of the battlefield communications systems with various drum rolls signaling the different commands from officers to the troops.
I have always wanted to go to an enactment. Terrific shots. the sepia shot is perfect.
great uniforms! i like the sepia, too.
R is for...
Love reinactments. The participants are walking encyclopedias (maybe I should say Wikipedias)about their subject.
war was so much more orderly then...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
Good one, Violet.
I used to work with a re-enactor. She was always taking time off to travel all over. I forget what she did exactly, but I believe it was the Civil War. And she had to make her own 'uniform' which she said was definitely not comfortable to wear!
I always wondered why they wore red.
Very cool shots. Every year They do a Civil War re-enactment called Shades of Blue and Gray in central IL near my daughter. It's quite a show.
Interesting -- those people really get into the spirit -- we've stumbled on a reenactment a couple of times.
The drummer boys costume is very ornate, I do like those old uniforms. We have numerous reenactors here, the most popular is the Civil War Roundheads versus Royalists battles and the occasional siege.
What an original post for the letter R! Making the photo of the Civil War reenactors sepia toned really makes it look like a period photo. And interesting about the red uniforms, I didn't know that! Back then it was all about wanting to be seen and easily identified, now it's all about camouflage.
We have one here every year...I will definitely make it a priority to go. I am currently reading a book - Blue Asylum - about a woman during the Civil War who is institutionalized...it is really very good. However, books on the Civil War are among my favorite reads.
Hi Violet, we just had the 1812 re-enactment here in Canada. It's always a joy to watch. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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