Civil War Reenactments Bring Color to Black-and-White History – by Adam Niemi

Civil War Reenactments

Civil War re-enactor Tim Stebleton relaxes with a plate of dinner — sausage, green beans, potatoes, cornbread and a glass of water — on Sept. 15, 2012 at Deerfield County Park, near Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Mount Pleasant, Michigan-based photographer Adam Niemi shares color photos of a Civil War reenactment.

Twenty-three thousand people died 150 years ago today in the Battle of Antietam.

The Civil War was the conflict that, perhaps, defined America more than any time in its history.

People have relived the Battle of Antietam, among others, through today. Even in Russia, the battles, soldiers and uniforms are reproduced.

The rustic, adventure of fighting a battle as some soldiers’ families visited them at their base is just one element that sparks curiosity and intrigue within re-enactors and those interested in Civil War history. Families, ever-attracted to the sound of gunfire, picnicked on hills that overlooked the battlefield and watched both sides fight each other to oblivion.

Continue reading and see more photos on Adam’s blog.

Civil War Reenactments

Civil War re-enactor Dave Fountain plugs his ear during cannon fire in a reenacted battle on Sept. 15, 2012 at Deerfield County Park near Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Civil War Reenactments

John Martin smokes his pipe while dressed in Confederate garb after a Civil War reenactment on
Sept. 15, 2012 at Deerfield County Park near Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Civil War Reenactments

Chandler Fountain, center, fires his rifle at Union soldiers during a battle reenactment in Deerfield County Park near Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Sept. 15, 2012.

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