October 30, 2007
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October 28, 2007
October 27, 2007
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October 25, 2007
October 24, 2007
When Frank's sister was here, one of the places we visited was the town of New Market. I took these pond photos but not exactly as they appear here. I've been playing with Photoshop again.
Postscript about New Market: we had lunch at the Southern Kitchen and my companions were very impressed with the pies.
Here are a few more photos from the re-enactment at Cedar Creek Battlefield. Actually, this part of the event depicted the Battle of Guard Hill which took place not far away. The Battle of Cedar Creek was enacted on Saturday and I did not attend.
Here we see some of the period costumes worn by participants.
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz tells an entertaining story about re-enacting and then goes on to explore other aspects of our attitudes on the American Civil War. (The link will take you to the book on Amazon.com. Buy it there and earn me a few cents towards a new book!)
October 23, 2007
October 22, 2007
I've never thought of myself as a horse enthusiast, but I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful horses at the re-enactment yesterday. They were so graceful and well-trained!
However, after the cavalry charge, I thought about all the poor animals who died in Civil War battles and I felt very sad for them. They knew nothing about the politics behind the war and had no choice but to do what they had been trained to do.
Yesterday I went to a Civil War re-enactment at Cedar Creek Battlefield (north of Strasburg, VA). Here's a couple of spectator photos and a very brief film of a cavalry engagement. These members of the audience were in costume. No doubt they had participated in living history demonstrations earlier in the day.
Do you see a heart-shaped space in the middle of the photo on the left? I wasn't aware of it until I pulled up the image on my laptop.