Sunday, August 19, 2012

Of The Civil War

This post might be a bit long winded, but since it's what y'all have been waiting so patiently for, (thank you so much!) I'm including a LOT of pictures. But I didn't think you'd mind much. :D

So, without further ado....

*drum roll please*

The Yankee Flag. And just fyi, I happen to have very strong sympathies with the South. Just sayin....
P.S. Am I wrong in assuming that many of my readers feel the same? :)

 The beginning of the first battle, of which the Rebs turned out victorious. 

 Dead guy~ sorta. ;) Actually, I think he was taking a short nap.

After the first of the battles to be held that day, we went to walk through the camps, which has 
always been one of my favorite things to do. :D

Getting ready to cook lunch~ or in those days it would be called dinner.

 Got this one while we were walking along. Thought it was an exceptional shot. :)

After eating lunch ourselves, we went to watch the Cavalry demonstration.

Now this one is a personal favorite of mine! Reminds me of a western shot.

And on to the camps again. There is always so much to see and people to talk to,
that it seriously takes nearly all three days to do everything!

They never fail to make every aspect really interesting, and much of their equipment are actual reproductions. They also have a variety of original artifacts~ makes the whole thing feel pretty real!

Such neat old books~ doncha just love old books?

Camp dishes setup. 

Crossing the stream. I had wanted to get a picture of this awesome bridge, and as soon as I made up my mind to go get a shot, 2 little boys started playing on it, hence the shoes. :) Bless their hearts~ I was able to snap this quickly, and it really turned out great.

On the second day, I shot some real nice angles of the Cavalry during one of the battles.

And I very much like this next one:

 An uphill battle~

For the glorious cause of the South!!

Now one thing that I enjoy very much and hate when I miss it, is the Yankee fife and drums corps. The reenactment simply is not the same with out it. If you could but experience it once~  while cannons are discharging and guns are exploding, the deep pounding and rhythm of the drums accompanied by the sweet fife..... from where I was standing, (which was about 10-15 ft. from these guys) the ground was vibrating with it all. :D I loved it!
Perfect pose little drummer boy!

Marching off to their respective camps after the battle, the drum corps taking the lead.

Cannon reproduction. You wouldn't believe how much sound these things can make.

On my way to the 'U. S. Military Telegraph Wagon'. His setup was pretty neat.

Playin' the mandolin. :)

The telegraph equipment itself. (some of it) :)

A traveling lap desk with a New Testament, 'The 1865 Customs of Service', and 'Infantry Tactics'.

While my Dad and brother were interviewing some folks, I just went around looking for neat things to take pictures of. It really can be overwhelming for a photographer. You can't possibly capture everything, even if you try lol. I just wanted some memorable shots.

Someone's half-dunk cup of tae. I honestly didn't really like this photo at first, but after I played with it some, I decided that I do like it a lot. 

How cool is it to use oil lamps?!?

Look at this AH-mazing bonnet:

Yes, I purposely asked her if I could take a picture of it for y'all, so you could see how fantastical it was! Pretty though....

As soon as I saw these salt & pepper shakers, I knew I would have to purchase a set some day. How neat are these?! :D

And lastly, Jonny Reb on guard duty. :)

Awesome much??

~Danielle Marie


Miss Elizabeth said...

These are some great pictures!! Wonderful job! I do Civil War reenacting on the Confederates side, and it is so much fun. That shot you took of the fife and drum corps leading the troops back to camp brought to memory one time when my friend and I were heading back to camp to make lunch for our hungry soldiers. We happened to cross paths with the soldiers who were on their way to camp too, and found ourselves walking right in front of them on the road back! We turned around and saw the entire Confederate army following our lead! :) We couldn't stop laughing, and they thought it was pretty funny too. :)
Thank you so much for sharing! Your photography is beautiful!

God bless,
Miss Elizabeth

Kim said...

Um, just one thing is of the family!!! lol I want to see everyone!

Otherwise, you captured the day beautifully. ;)

Raquel said...

Very cool! My mom LOVES the history of the Civil War.

Great shots! The tea cup one was actually one of my favorites! <3

Love you, and I hope you're doing well! (Which it looks like you are... haha)

Raquel :)

Lauralee Provenzo said...

I really like a lot of these pictures here.

Gretchenhope777 said...

Lovely photos Danielle! That lady's bonnet was amazing, I wonder how long it took her to arrange it all.
I would have loved to have been there and seen a reenactment up close. I almost saw one (or was it a film of one?) when we visited Shiloh years and years ago, but for some reason they called it off. I was disappointed you can be sure.
When my brother told me that you had done this post I was rather surprised because I've been doing a lot of online research on the CW recently.
Your sister,
in Christ