The Schroeder Books
You Want To Be A Soldier:
How to Get Started in Civil War Re-enacting
By Shaun C. Grenan
and Edited by Patrick A. Schroeder
When I started re-enacting it would have been such a benefit to have a book like Mr. Grenan has written in my hands. The numerous questions that flood the mind when getting started in the hobby are all answered right here.
questions, many questions. What
exactly do I need? How do I get my
gear? Where do I get it? Who do I get it from? How
much does it cost? That was just
the start. It took some time to get
these questions answered. Even
after attending a few events, the questions continued to arise.
How do I know when I’m shot? What
do I need to bring for food rations at an event?
How do I make hardtack? What
about drill and loading a musket? The
questions seemed endless. It was
several years before I got all those questions answered. But
thanks to this volume, the new re-enactor recruit will not have to go through
all that—the answers are all here.
Grenan explores and addresses all those questions that bedeviled me in those
days as a re-enactor “fresh fish”—how to learn where Civil War events are
held, determining an appropriate organization to join, the different types of
Civil War units, getting equipped, weaponry, the various types of events, the
methods of going into battle, and the activities back in camp.
He even gives some basic information on drill and the steps for loading
and firing a musket. The material
is presented in an easily read and understood manner.
today has something for everyone, though this book focuses centers for the most
part on becoming a soldier. There
are civilian, sutler, surgeon, chaplain, signal corps, and a host of other
impressions. For some, re-enacting
is a chance to get away from the job or home and lose themselves in the past.
For others, it is something they can do with family or friends.
the younger generation, re-enacting instills a sense of history and offers a
chance to learn history something more than what is taught in the classroom.
The belief that “history is boring” quickly fades on a re-enactment
battlefield or amidst a living history demonstration.
Re-enacting offers excellent opportunities for young people.
In fact, re-enacting offers many opportunities.
Travel—participants will get to visit many areas of the country to take
part in different events as well as touring battlefields and historic sites.
Movie making—as the public fascination with the American Civil War
continues, many re-enactors have had the chance to work on movies and
television. Books—many books
include photographs of re-enactors in a book or on the cover. Job opportunities—the performing of living history
demonstrations at a historical site or park could lead to future employment at
such a place. And no matter
Confederate or Federal, a certain bond develops among re-enactors.
This book is essential for the Civil War re-enacting community. 80 pages; Soft Cover; Price $9.95. ISBN: 1-889246-19-0.
So You Want to Be A Soldier: How To Get Started in Civil War Re-enacting
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