American's long 'love affair' with the Civil War is difficult to understand. Overwhelmed with sadness, we can only imagine the horrors, devastation and sorrow that our families endured. We've inherited various pieces of the puzzle in books, stories, movies and documentaries, too often romanticized and glossed.
A reenactment at Knight's Ferry recently promised some great pictures. No actual blood. No piles of arms and legs outside the hospital window. No terrified expressions on dying men's faces. Clean uniforms. Smiles. Gunfire. Cannon fire. Pretty neat.
But 'glory?' No thanks. After watching a dozen kids in the crowd brandishing their play rifles and shooting at each other during the 2:30pm battle, any desire to see another reenactment disappeared.
COVERED BRIDGE AT KNIGHT'S FERRY
(THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE EVENT FLYER)
"During the next two days a constant state of WAR will exist between the Union Army and the Confederate Army. There will be two battles each day, skirmishes between small units of both armies, Infantry Drills, Artillery demonstrations and living history presentations. The living history demonstrations generally take place in both camps continuously from 9:00am until 5:00pm Saturday and 9:00am until 3:00pm Sunday. . .
"The public is welcomed, and encouraged, to tour the camps during the day's activities and participate with questions regarding our living history portrayals of Civil War life. . .
"Please visit the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ASSOCIATION web site at www.acwa.org"
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