Studies in Anachronism – War Re-enactment Groups

Posted by Sharon Williams on May 15, 2017

Civil War Re-Enactment Group

Battle reenactment groups have for centuries helped us get insights into the atrocities of war. They have given us an understanding into critical points that marked turning points in famous wars. Other than the horrors of war, the public also get to learn general lifestyles of the past. Below is a list of some of the pre-20th Century reenactment groups, arranged by era.

1. American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

This marked the period when 13 Northern states declared independence from Great Britain. Some of the well known battle reenactment groups of this era include:

a) The British Brigade

Portraying the British companies in the war, the group gives us a look at the everyday life and rich history of the British soldiers during the war.

b) The North West Territory Alliance

For a group made up of non-actors, they have been able to entertain the general public while keeping true to history. With a requirement of passion of history, the group remains open for anyone to join.

2. War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The military conflict between the United States of America, native allies, United Kingdom and North American colonies is depicted by groups such as:

a) Fort McHenry Guard

Acting out the battle of Baltimore, the group is sponsored by the National Parks Service to highlight the 19th Century war period. This battled inspired the Star Spangled Banner.

b) The Fort Norfolk Garrison

Highly regarding authenticity – in terms of uniform and conduct, the group made up of two family friendly units. They are broken down into two main impressions, namely, the 20th U.S. Regiment and the 2nd Virginia Regiment of Militia.

3. American Civil War (1861-1865)

The internal conflict between 11 secessionist Southern states and the Northern states is reenacted by quite a large number of battle reenactment groups. Some include:

a) The National Civil War Association

The educational group holds public events and school presentations to allow the general public to have a peek and learn of the Civil war. They cover both the Pacific and Eastern theaters. Regardless of experience, the group accepts volunteers.

b) The Hampton Legion

Founded in 1974, the group portrays life of the Confederate infantry company, which was part of the Army of Northern Virginia. They are known for the battles of Seven Pines and Gaines’ Mill.

Ultimately, wars have shaped the societies we have today. It is important that we learn why they took place so that we can learn to avoid them in future generations. Though not all injustices have been resolved since, there is still a lot we can learn about the general outlook on life in eras gone by from the battle reenactment groups.