In the wake of the Civil War Re-enactor being accidentally shot in the leg, several questions were asked about what exactly re-enactors do. According to Wikipedia the definition of a historical reenactment is a type of role play in which participants attempt to recreate some aspects of a historical event or period. After seeing several reenactments in person and also seeing them online such as the video below of the Battle of Olustee in Olustee, FL, I can tell you that these individuals should be commended for the service that they are doing for the American people in order to preserve the history of our country. No history book can give you the image and detail that is given at these events. It isn’t simply men on the battle field, many have women in period dress and even children in the period dress playing instruments. If you haven’t seen one as of yet, search for one in your local area.
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Accidents in historical re-enactments are rare
According to news reports, a Civil War re-enactor who was injured during a documentary film shoot when he was struck in the shoulder by a shot apparently fired from the pistol of another re-enactor. Apparently, some of the re-enactors were unaffiliated walk-ons who weren’t familiar with the chain of command or safety procedures.
I’m sure news of this sort causes people to regard reenactments as dangerous. However, dealing with these groups while writing their re-enactment insurance every day you find out that these are some of the most professional and safety conscious people you will come across. They are often current or former military or police (sometimes both) so they have been well trained. They are not there to simply “play with guns,” but to preserve our country’s history. That doesn’t mean the occasional accident doesn’t occur, some of them being rather freaky.
- A spark from a cannon fired by re-enactors in Utah landed on a pouch containing additional explosive charges, which ignited injuring three children.
- During a reenactment of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri a Union cavalryman was injured when his horse stepped on his groin. It isn’t know how he managed to get into a position where his horse could do that.
- Lightning struck a camp of Civil War re-enactors in Gettysburg sending five people to the hospital.
- Two re-enactors from Plymouth, N.C. were injured in a canon explosion. One of the men was packing the cannon charge and it seems there was a live ember from a previous firing. The foil apparently broke causing the cannon to explode.
- A child was injured by a muzzle blast during a Gettysburg skirmish reenactment.