Category Archives: Reenactors

An honor guard

An honor guard for the dead of Fort Sanders as this sesquicentennial period nears its end. Advertisements

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The battle’s sesquicentennial

One hundred fifty years ago at dawn today, four seriously-under strength Mississippi and Georgia regiments attacked the earthwork Fort Sanders on Knoxville’s west side. The very subject of Knoxville 1863, the novel—this blog—and the book itself. I suppose there will be … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s 150th

I’m not sorry to be missing Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary these next three days. Too much of the occasion will be taken up by reenactment events, which reenactment participants call “impressions.” But too many of the reenactors are too corpulent and all … Continue reading

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A reenactor explains the cavalry

Cavalry played no part at all in the attack on Fort Sanders and little enough in the whole Siege of Knoxville. But General Joseph Wheeler’s rebel cavalry had an early role, and that’s my excuse for including this good video … Continue reading

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USCT Reenactors

Reenactors of the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., in period clothing, presumably portraying the wives and mothers of the United States Colored Troops, such as the ones who served in Knoxville.

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Seventeenth Mississippi reenactors

Speaking of the Seventeenth Mississippi Infantry Regiment, which, along with the Phillips Georgia Legion, led the principal attack on Fort Sanders on Nov. 29, 1863, it’s commemorated in several reenactor groups. The self-styled Rough and Readies of Company D aren’t … Continue reading

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The Union cartridge box

P. Jewell & Sons, makers of U.S. Army Pattern 1857 Cartridge Boxes. The kind probably worn by the Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts and the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlands who defended the Northwest Bastion of Fort Sanders.

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The Ultimate Confederate Button

Only one hint allowed: The button for holding one’s shirts and pants together was not made of plastic. (Scroll to the bottom at the link.)

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