Reliving the Past
26 May 2014
More than 700,000 soldiers died in America's most intense conflict ever, the American Civil War from 1861-1865. History buffs across the country have organized Civil War Re-enactments where participants wear authentic costumes of the time and relive a battle on the open grass. Hundreds of people watch. Soldiers pitch tents and live in them for several days. They cook food over fire pits. Soldiers ride horses. Canons boom. Lines of soldiers face off against each other. They run for ammunition. They fall. They cry out. Their widows scream from the sidelines. This was the scene on May 25, 2014 in Spokane, Washington where I took these photos. I walked around snapping candids. I sat on the sidelines and observed. I have tried to capture here the commitment of the participants to portray accurately the people of the time, and to have a great time doing it.