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Living history the focus of Civil War camps in Crawford County

Reenactors representing soldiers

Living History Tour

PITTSBURG, Kan. - History is coming alive in Crawford County this weekend in the form of the Civil War.

The Civil War encampment Friday night was an opportunity for folks to come out and see what a quiet day along the front would have been like, more than 150 years ago. Civil War re-enactor Brian Cox says "We're out here to try and recreate the life of the Civil War soldier, in camp, on the march, in battle like we'll probably do tomorrow, and try to have a little fun along the way."

Saturday, Cox and his men will be squaring off against the Confederates, in the traditional way. Cox says "We're going to be in battle, we've got two brand new men, in Civil War times they were called 'fresh fish', these two, the Woolaway brothers, who I hope get back to Topeka in one piece, they're going to do what's called 'see the elephant', in Civil War times, being under combat for the first time was called 'seeing the elephant, so that's what we're doing, in a nutshell."

But for those reenacting this living history, they say it goes beyond just a bunch of big guys with big toys, it's an opportunity for them to present history in an exciting fashion. Civil War re-enactor Jim Ridenour says "The kids it's important, the kids, you know, they're on their phones, on TV, they, what they see is not something they can touch and feel, when they come out here, of course you could have the ones that could care less, but you always have the ones, at least a few, that get fascinated with it, they're going to be the next generation of historians if you tell them what they want to know."

And of course, with the recent rain, it's been a great opportunity for them to truly get in character. Ridenour says "I will tell you that when you experience some of the really bad stuff, I mean, when it's just rain and you go out and it's miserable and you're miserable, and you're going, you know, I get to get in a car tomorrow and drive home and take a shower, and these guys didn't."

If you missed tonight's event, don't worry, they start up again tomorrow morning at 9:00 and have battle re-enactments scheduled for 11:00am and 2:00pm.

 

 

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