Reenactments are colorful,active,nostalgic and historical events,we like to attend them ,learn the history,feel and see the conditions of the soldiers ,smell the smoke of the camp fires and the black powder after the shooting.
The event took place in the beautiful Princeton town park,there was a camp,music ,costumes and shows.
We took the time to walk around ,ask questions and learn about the life in those days.
Life was tough especially during the war,the sleeping arrangement were nothing like we are used today,food was not always enough and harsh weather surly did not help lift the moral.
Many people died during the civil war from bullets,canons but more died from sickness and infections.
The “actors” took it seriously by playing all the way ,using the right costume,growing beards and behaving accordingly to that period.
One thing is sure, you DO NOT want to be wounded ,remind you that in 1863 sterilization was not yet discovered,doctors did not wash hands, bandages were used again and again and limbs were cut of easily rather than treated-from this respect I am sure happy not to be around then.
“President” Lincoln & Mrs. Lincoln gave a speech and explained some actions taken at those difficult times ,following the Presidential appearance a band played old tunes like “The Rose Of Texas”
We really had a great time watching and talking with the “characters” ,it was a very interesting historical event it should be told from one generation to another and we are sorry to say that no to many young people were there-“if you do not know the past you can not live the future”.