Civil War Reenactments: The Ultimate Guide

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Battle of Carthage
Carthage, Missouri
Jun 15 to Jun 16, 2024
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Powerland Heritage Park
Salem, Oregon
Jul 04 to Jul 07, 2024
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Thunder and Mud The Retreat from Gettysburg
Fairfield, Pennsylvania
Jul 05 to Jul 07, 2024
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Battle of Gettysburg by GBPA
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Jul 06 to Jul 07, 2024
Battle of Chickamauga by Kurz and Allison
Tullahoma Campaign
Wartrace, Tennessee
Jul 12 to Jul 14, 2024
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Brandenburg Civil War Reenactment
Brandenburg, Kentucky
Jul 13 to Jul 14, 2024
Reflections of the Civil War at Seminole Valley Farm Museum
Reflections of the Civil War
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jul 13 to Jul 14, 2024
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Union Mills Civil War Encampment
Westminster, Maryland
Jul 20 to Jul 21, 2024
Charlton Park Civil War Muster Union Soldiers
Charlton Park Civil War Muster
Hastings, Michigan
Jul 20 to Jul 21, 2024
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Civil War Encampment - Old Falls Village
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Jul 20 to Jul 21, 2024
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A Most Destructive Fire
Winchester, Virginia
Jul 26 to Jul 28, 2024
Civil War Reenactors teaching the public
Civil War Reenactment Weekend by SLPEM
Madrid, New York
Jul 27 to Jul 28, 2024
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Hale Farm and Village Reenactment
Bath, Ohio
Aug 10 to Aug 11, 2024
Civil War Soldiers at Dry Creek Reenactment
Battle of Dry Creek Reenactment
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2024
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Galesburg Heritage Days
Galesburg, Illinois
Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2024
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The Battle of Richmond Reenactment
Richmond, Kentucky
Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2024
Jackson Civil War Muster
Jackson Civil War Muster
Jackson, Michigan
Aug 25 to Aug 25, 2024
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CIVIL WAR DAYS - Living History in Huntington Central Park
Huntington Beach, California
Aug 31 to Sep 01, 2024
Old Bedford Village Civil War encampment
Old Bedford Village Union Soldiers & Civilians Encampment
Bedford, Pennsylvania
Aug 31 to Sep 01, 2024
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Battle for Clatsop County
Astoria, Oregon
Aug 31 to Sep 02, 2024
Old South Military Ball Photo
The Old South Ball
Greenville, South Carolina
Aug 31, 2024
Hay Creek Valley Association Logo
Hay Creek Festival
Geigertown, Pennsylvania
Sep 06 to Sep 08, 2024
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Tres Pinos Civil War Reenactment
Tres Pinos, California
Sep 07 to Sep 08, 2024
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Lockport Military History Weekend
Lockport, Illinois
Sep 07 to Sep 08, 2024
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Battles for the Bridge
Munfordville, Kentucky
Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2024
Monterey Pass Civil War Reenactment
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160th Battle of Monterey Pass
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Sep 14 to Sep 11, 2024
Maggies Raid
Raid on the Little General's Farm
Gallant, Alabama
Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2024
Vermont Living History Expo
Vermont Living History Expo
Essex, Vermont
Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2024
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Battle at Bost Grist Mill
Concord, North Carolina
Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2024
Van Raalte Farm Muster Logo
Van Raalte Civil War Muster
Holland, Michigan
Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2024
The Union Volunteers Reenactment Group Logo
Glenwood Civil War Weekend
Vernon Township, New Jersey
Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2024
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Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment
Pilot Knob, Missouri
Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2024
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Manitowoc Civil War Remembered
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2024
Hartford Civil War Days Union Reenactors
Hartford City Civil War Days
Hartford City, Indiana
Oct 04 to Oct 06, 2024
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Laurel Hill Civil War Reenactment
Ararat, Virginia
Oct 05 to Oct 06, 2024
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Shadows of the Blue and Gray
Princeton, Illinois
Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2024
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Battle of Droop Mountain
Hillsboro, West Virginia
Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2024
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Battle of Camp Wildcat Reenactment
Laurel County, Kentucky
Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2024
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The Battle of Cedar Creek
Middletown, Virginia
Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2024
Civil War Reenactors at Fort Branch Reenactment
Fort Branch Reenactment
Oak City, North Carolina
Nov 02 to Nov 03, 2024
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Camp Moore Reenactment
Kentwood, Louisiana
Nov 23 to Nov 24, 2024
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Tentative
Fort McAllister Reenactment and Winter Muster
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Dec 14 to Dec 15, 2024
Battle of Tannehill Furnace
The Battle of Tannehill Furnace
McCalla, Alabama
Mar 01 to Mar 02, 2025

Civil War reenactments first began during the Civil War itself, when both Union and Confederate soldiers would stage mock battles in order to train for actual combat. However, these reenactments were not open to the public. It wasn't until the early 20th century that reenactments became a popular form of entertainment. The first major public reenactment was held in 1911 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, Civil War reenactments are held all over the United States, and they continue to be a popular way to learn about this significant period in American history.

Every year, thousands of Americans take part in reenactments of the Civil War. These living history events allow people to step back in time and experience what life was like during the 1860s. Participants often stay in character throughout the event, sleeping in period-appropriate tents and eating food cooked over an open fire. Reenactments are typically held on battlefields or other historic sites, and they often include authentic period dress, weapons, and equipment. Some reenactments are large-scale events that involve hundreds of participants, while others are more intimate affairs with only a few dozen people. No matter their size, each civil war reenactment provides a unique opportunity to learn about America’s past.

Civilians: In addition to soldiers, reenactments often feature civilian encampments, where people can learn about the day-to-day lives of those who lived through the Civil War. For many, taking part in a reenactment is a way to connect with their ancestors and gain a greater understanding of American history.

Tactical Reenactment: Some reenactments will be listed as "tactical" or "private". These events are closed to the public and open to reenactors only. Many reenactors enjoy immersing themselves in the period and there just weren't any spectators with smart phones in the 1860's.

Sutlers: You will often see information regarding sutlers on various websites and event listings. A sutler is generally known as a person who followed an army selling their wares.

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