Civil War Reenactment

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Welcome to the ultimate Civil War Reenactment website.  If you like history and are fascinated by the Civil War era, if you are ready to put down the book, get out of the armchair, “see the elephant” and smell the gunpowder, then this is the place for you!  It has been said that when “you relive history, you truly understand history,” in a new way and appreciate what the original participants experienced!

2014-09-24_Into BattleMy goal is to help you, the Civil War reenactor, to have the best experience and the most fun with one of the most exciting hobbies available today.  Whether you are just checking this out for the first time or you are a novice or an experienced reenactor, this website is designed to help you connect to a unit in your area, get the best equipment from reputable sutlers, and know when and where events are happening.

If you are just getting started, I recommend that you first contact a unit in your area that you may be interested in joining or at least visiting.  To help with this, see the Civil War Reenactment Units tab.  Also you may want to visit some local events where you can meet reenactors, ask them questions, and learn more.  This is how I got started.  I recommend that you join a unit before purchasing any gear from a sutler because each unit may be doing a little different impression.  Most units are delighted to have a “new recruit” or interested novice and may have some “loaner” equipment to help you get started.

The wonderful thing about reenacting is that the entire family can be involved, doing different types of impressions and sharing the fun.  Many units have auxillaries for spouses and children who may want to do various civilian impressions.  These add immensely to the realism of the unit’s impression at events.

It is my goal that in time this site will be a comprehensive resource for the reenactment community.  If you have suggestions or I have missed a unit, sutler, or event, please contact me and let me know.

Click Here to find Reenactment Units in your area.

Click Here to find a Sutler’s list for equipment and supplies.

Click Here to find scheduled events to visit.

Click Here to read the latest Book Reviews.

34 Comments

  1. Devoto01

    Do anyone know reenactment groups in Cincinnati Ohio for me? I’m a first timer and under the age of 18. Thank you!!

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    1. Marty

      Eric,
      Go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/ohio-texas and click on some of the Ohio units. Contact any that look interesting and ask them if they have members in your area. Most will be very happy to help you find a unit nearby. Also, look in northern KY at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/kansas-montana to see if there may be some units right across the river from you.

      Good luck,
      Marty

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  2. Barbara Maris

    I am a retired senior and I make costumes for income. I love the civil war era and am very reasonable and authentic with my work. I need help in marketing. I would like to display and sell my costumes at an event in Virginia during summer months and possibly in Florida souring winter months. Can anyone tell me how to get started with this.

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    1. Marty

      Hi Barbara,

      For a list of events in Virginia, please go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-reenactment-schedule and click on the months you are interested in. This will take you to a page where you will see events for VA and other states as well.

      What might be easier is to contact several of the sutlers at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-sutlers/sutlers-by-category who provide clothing, civilian or military, and see if they will give you some orders. I would especially recommend contacting those in the Civilian Goods and Textiles and Fabrics categories as these are usually one or two person businesses who are always covered up with orders. Several of them would probably be delighted to have an excellent seamstress to help them keep up with the demand.

      Marty

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    2. Capt Bill

      If you are serious about this…
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      Good luck on your new venture

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      1. Marty

        Thanks Capt. Bill. Hope Barbara saw your comment.

        Marty

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  3. Marie Hegland

    Thank you so much for your time today Marty! You are truly a pleasure and we look forward to working with you. You have a fabulous site!

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  4. Diana Douglass

    I am trying to find out about civil war reenactment groups located in Utah. Can you help me out with contact information and/or times and dates of said reenactments?

    Thanks!
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    1. Marty

      Diana,

      I suggest that you go to my Units webpage http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units and search for units in Utah and surrounding states. You live in an area of the country with few CW reenactment groups. Then go to http://civilwar.travel/mobile/ to see the schedules for upcoming events.

      Regards,
      Marty

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    2. Jason Coffey

      Diana please look at http://www.snlha.org we have both US and CS units in southern UT. If you live in northern UT I can get you pointed to the right direction

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  15. Linda

    Hello Marty. What a cool idea for a website, not just the history around the Civil War but how to live that part of history, a bit, with reenactments.

    When I was back in Maryland to do some public speaking and teaching for the Fire Academy, years ago, I made time to slip over to the many places of history that were fields and hills where battles had been fought. Sobering! REALLY! I have never dealt well with the tragedy of war, it becomes very personal for me, and was as I stood in places where men fought and many lost their lives.

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    1. Marty

      Thanks Linda for the visit and the email. There are a lot of men and women who have discovered how much fun it is to do historical reenactments, especially of the Civil war period. It is amazing how much you learn in the company of other reenactors that you will never learn or experience by just reading about it. To walk a battlefield where tens of thousands of men faced each other, fought, bled and died will hekp one to appreciate the cost of the freedoms and advantages that we enjoy today. My website is not dedicated to war, but to helping people understand thae greatest conflict in our nation’s history by reliving it in a small way. Please encourage any history buffs you know to visit my website: http://civilwar-reenacting.com.

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  17. Scott Newkirk

    I really do love your website Marty,

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      Scott, I appreciate all your help and suggestions, which as you can see, I have utilized. Congratulations on being in the Top 100 of WA. I look forward to staying in touch with you. – Marty

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  18. Sandra Torres

    Marty your site looks so beautiful and is so informative! I love the photographs. It looks like this is really fun to be part of!

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      Thanks Sandra, I appreciate your visit. I’ve already made several changes to the site (http://civilwar-reenacting.com/) since you visited, including a new background, so check back from time to time. – Marty

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  19. Chris james

    cool I enjoy all types of history myself.very informative colourful theme great images I look forward checking back later

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    1. Marty

      Thanks James, it’s always nice to meet another history buff. I’ll be working on links to all the Reenactment Units soon. I’ve already made several changes to the site (http://civilwar-reenacting.com/) since you visited, so check back from time to time. – Marty

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  20. Tom

    Great site Marty; If you are a seasoned re-enactor or just getting started their is a wealth of information to be had. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Marty

      Thanks Tom, I appreciate your encouragement. I’ve already made several changes to the site (http://civilwar-reenacting.com/) since you visited, so check back from time to time. – Marty

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