The Civil War Reenactor
How does someone become a reenactor?
Most people who become reenactors have had an interest in Civil War history, and generally, they will attend a reenactment, meet a group of reenactors, become acquainted with them, and come to a meeting.
How much does it cost?
Reenacting has a large up-front cost but low annual costs. Once you buy a gun, uniform, and tent, you only have to pay for the gas, gunpowder, and the food you take with you.
If you want to get started, the average person will spend $1,000 to $1,200. Your rifle costs about $500 or $600, and then you have to have a uniform, canteen, and tent. Officers have to buy a more expensive uniform, along with boots, sword, and pistol. That might cost about $1,700.
How does a reenactor determine which side to fight for?
Your ancestry or interests determine it. Some like the Confederates because they see them as the underdogs; some like Abraham Lincoln and want to fight for the Union.
I’ve reblogged this from my History blog. Anyway, today is the 69th anniversary of Mike Strank’s death. November 10, 1919 - March 1, 1945
So, my very first post is about SSgt. Mike Strank of the USMC. I adore this man! I absolutely love every Veteran, but this man has special little spot in my heart. ;) (I don’t know if that’s wrong or something, but hey…)
Anyways, Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
When his men (buddies) were interviewed later in life, they would eventually come upon the phrase, while describing him, ‘a Marine’s Marine’.
Seven hundred sixty Marines made a near-suicidal charge across to the other side of Iwo Jima on that first day. They took heavy casualties, but they made a considerable advance. By the evening, the mountain had been cut off from the rest of the island, and 30,000 Marines had landed. About 40,000 more would follow. [wikipedia]
You know you’re about to have a bad day when 30,000 Marines show up at your doorstep!