Civil War Reenactment

Even though the first American Civil War reenactment probably took place during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (including actual veterans), it wasn’t until the 1961–1965 Civil War Centennial commemorations that this activity became widespread throughout the United States, and abroad as well, for instance in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Italy. One of the reasons behind reenactments is to gain an insight into the history of the country, and thus some reenacters strive to be as accurate as possible, even setting the mock battles in the same site that they originally took place, or as near as it possibly can be.