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The sun begins to set 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, as seen from a famous overlook with an unusual name. Can you guess it? In the 1800s, cowboys corralled wild mustangs here.
And, what were the four corpulent visitors waiting to see from their chairs in our last post? If you guessed a civil war reenactment, you got it right. You may have noticed a confederate flag in the background.
Years of living in Atlanta and along with a friend who participates in reenactments, not to mention a fondness for the movie Sweet Home Alabama with it's reenactment scene, led me to finally grab my camera and travel to a field outside Aiken, South Carolina to take check out a battle reenactment.
And, this is some of what I saw. A friendly, if not diverse crowd, walked through the exhibits and shops, checked out the northern and southern army encampments, and then gathered to watch a reenactment of this battle that pitted southern troops against an army sent north from Savannah by General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The event's organizers will be happy to tell you that the Battle of Aiken was one of the few engagements during Sherman's campaign that the southern army warded off their northern counterpart. The participants are all volunteers and elaborately attired.
Cavalry skirmishes and cannons were part of the battle.The crowd sat behind a rail fence while the two armies squared off and then did battle. Some of the crowd were more actively engaged than others.
As you can see above, one young man, complete with pink ear mufflers and a wooden rifle, is standing against the fence prepared to defend his family for the battling cavalry in front of him. It is a favorite image from the day, as is the one below for its humorous quality. It looks like someone gained some weight between reenactments.
If you would like to see more images from the day, check out the Civil War gallery at TrekPic.com. Enjoy.
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