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!
My 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.