Monday, January 12, 2015


 Men! I welcome you all to the town of Appomattox in the state of Virginia. We have gathered at this site for one sole purposeā€”to express our shared love of history and profound concern for its preservation. The final battle of the Civil War was waged here where we stand. On this hallowed ground, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate forces to the North, exactly one month ago, today.

Some of you may be asking yourselves, is it too soon? Should we give it more time before performing a theatrical reenactment of the events that occurred here? To that I say it's never too soon to seek a meaningful perspective on history. And also, to be fair, it's not like it was last weekend.

As I look out into the crowd, I see excitement in your eyes. I also see that many of you are still nursing some rather fresh-looking injuries from the actual Civil War. This, I contend, is merely further provocation to grab hold of history now before the wounds are healed and the memories, forgotten.

Yes, our "battlefield" is still smoldering and not yet fully cleared of casualties, but this will only add to the authenticity that necessitates a fruitful reenactment. During our two-day "battle," as you stand amongst your fellow "soldiers," the residual smell of gunpowder wafting through the air, the echo of distant cannons ringing in your ears, be prepared, at times, to feel as if you've been transported back in time to a bit earlier in the spring.

A bit of housekeeping: Remember that all hand-to-hand "combat" is to be scripted. I think you'll find this to be a fun way to learn what was actually said during the heat of battle. Scripts will be provided in your reenactment kits. In those kits, you'll also find all the gear you will require. What you won't find are any of the creature comforts of today. Remember, this is April. And we will LIVE like it's April!

Okay! Let's all suit up and have some fun out there! And above all, be safe!

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