Although we strive to maintain
correct period campaign impressions, we realize that the average Civil War enlisted soldier wasn't over 50 years old, as some
of us now are. To suggest otherwise to the public would be to convey an inaccurate impression of history, and we are not
egotistical enough to commission ourselves as officers. The main goal of us older guys is to experience a small part of what
the Civil War veterans did, while at the same time enjoying the camaraderie, fresh air, and campfire joie de vivre that are
some of the best aspects of reenacting!
This original tintype depicts an unknown Confederate lieutenant. This image is particularly
interesting given his use of U.S. rank straps and the feathered plume on his slouch hat!
(Denis Gaubert Collection- All
Reproduction Rights Reserved)
Be sure to take a look at our pages featuring Soldiers' Letters (transcripts of previously
unpublished original letters, relating to the Lafourche region) and Soldiers' Images (original period photographs). We also
have other pages with excerpts from period literature on various topics, which we hope may be helpful in improving reenactors'
overall impressions. For example, in our Cooking on Campaign page, we feature recipes and other excerpts from original period
sources on cooking in the field.