Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Soldiers Are Coming
Fortunately, these were men dressed in reenactment uniforms that had come to talk to the students about the mechanics of the Civil War. I am by no means a Civil War Buff but I have been to a reenactment (faithful readers will remember that blog) and read some historical fiction that takes place during the war. But I did learn some new things yesterday.
The three men were all in correct uniforms of the day. Obviously the navy blue was the yankee uniform but the other two were both Confederate Uniform. The man on the right portrayed an officer....they did not carry rifles....they carried a pistol on their left hip. All three have haversacks or rucksacks on their right hip. Really it was a man's purse. In their they carried their orders, a frying pan, any mail they might have received, their money and perhaps a newspaper or dime novel, maybe even a small Bible. (And men talk about us and our purses....but they were going to be gone four years not an hour or so.)