Civil War Reenactments

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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Skirmish at Wests Crossroads
Bethune, South Carolina
Jan 28 to Jan 29, 2023
Union Civil War reenactment soldiers
Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond
Sanderson, Florida
Feb 17 to Feb 19, 2023
Battle of Texas Hospital
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The Battle of Texas Hospital
Quitman, Mississippi
Feb 17 to Feb 19, 2023
Reenactors Portray the Battle of Aiken
Battle of Aiken
Aiken, Alabama
Feb 24 to Feb 26, 2023
Battle of Tannehill Furnace
The Battle of Tannehill Furnace
McCalla, Alabama
Mar 03 to Mar 05, 2023
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Battle for Broxton Bridge
Ehrhardt, South Carolina
Mar 04 to Mar 05, 2023
Civil War Confederate Reenactors
Civil War Days at Riley's Farm
Yucaipa, California
Mar 04 to Mar 05, 2023
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Tentative
Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment
Yale, Oklahoma
Mar 11 to Mar 13, 2024
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Southeast Military Expo
Ridgeland, South Carolina
Mar 23 to Mar 26, 2023
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Battle at Narcoossee Mill
St Cloud, Florida
Mar 25 to Mar 26, 2023
Fort Blakely State Park
Tentative
Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley
Spanish Fort, Alabama
Mar 31 to Apr 03, 2023
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Civil War Days Strathearn Museum
Simi Valley, California
Apr 01 to Apr 02, 2023
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Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival
Pelican, Louisiana
Apr 08 to Apr 09, 2023
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Battle of Helena: 160th Anniversary
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Apr 15 to Apr 17, 2023
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Battle of Big Cypress Bayou
Jefferson, Texas
May 05 to May 07, 2023
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Civil War Days - Elk Grove
Elk Grove, California
May 05 to May 07, 2023
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Billie Creek Civil War Days
Rockville, Indiana
May 06 to May 07, 2023
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Skirmish In The Valley
Jacksonville, Alabama
May 06 to May 07, 2023
Burning of Courthouse Flyer
Burning of The Courthouse
Linden, Tennessee
May 13, 2023
Red Oak Old West Civil War Reenactment
Red Oak Old West Town Civil War Reenactment
Leesburg, Ohio
May 13 to May 14, 2023
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Tentative
Battle of Carthage
Carthage, Missouri
May 19 to May 21, 2023
The Battle of Resaca 1864 by Kurz & Allison
Battle of Resaca
Resaca, Georgia
May 19 to May 21, 2023
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Tentative
Battle of Cuba Station
Gainesville, Alabama
May 26 to May 28, 2023
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Tentative
Civil War Jensen Alvarado Ranch
Riverside, California
May 27 to May 28, 2023
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Blue & Gray Reunion 2022
Philippi, West Virginia
Jun 01 to Jun 04, 2023
Reenactors battling at Fort Pocahontas Reenactment
Fort Pocahontas Reenactment
Charles City, Virginia
Jun 03 to Jun 04, 2023
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Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Newburg Township, Illinois
Jun 03 to Jun 05, 2024
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Morgans Raid on Dogwood Pass
Beaver, Ohio
Jun 10 to Jun 11, 2023
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Battle of Gettysburg 160th
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Jun 21 to Jun 23, 2023
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Battle of Little Big Horn
Garryowen, Montana
Jun 23 to Jun 25, 2023
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Monterey Pass Battlefield Living History Weekend
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Jun 30 to Jul 02, 2023
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Brandenburg Civil War Reenactment
Brandenburg, Kentucky
Jul 13 to Jul 14, 2024
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Union Mills Civil War Encampment
Westminster, Maryland
Jul 15 to Jul 16, 2023
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Old Settler Days Missouri
Waynesville, Missouri
Jul 29 to Jul 30, 2023
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Mauston Civil War Event
Mauston, Wisconsin
Aug 05 to Aug 06, 2023
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Fort Laramie National Historical Site Weekend
Fort Laramie, Wyoming
Aug 11 to Aug 13, 2023
Old South Military Ball Photo
The Old South Ball
Greenville, South Carolina
Sep 02, 2023
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Tentative
CIVIL WAR DAYS - Living History in Huntington Central Park
Huntington Beach, California
Sep 02 to Sep 03, 2023
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Hay Creek Festival
Geigertown, Pennsylvania
Sep 08 to Sep 10, 2023
Battle at Carnifax Ferry
Battle of Carnifax Ferry
Summersville, West Virginia
Sep 09 to Sep 10, 2023
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Tentative
Lockport Military History Weekend
Lockport, Illinois
Sep 09 to Sep 10, 2023
Maggies Raid
Raid on the Little General's Farm
Gallant, Alabama
Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2023
Van Raalte Farm Muster Logo
Van Raalte Civil War Muster
Holland, Michigan
Sep 16 to Sep 27, 2023
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Battle of Chikamauga
LaFayette, Georgia
Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
Vermont Living History Expo
Vermont Living History Expo
Essex, Vermont
Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2023
Barboursville Civil War Days
Barboursville Civil War Days
Barboursville, West Virginia
Sep 29 to Oct 01, 2023
The Union Volunteers Reenactment Group Logo
Glenwood Civil War Weekend
Vernon Township, New Jersey
Sep 29 to Oct 01, 2023
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Tentative
Liberty Days
Bloomfield, Missouri
Oct 06 to Oct 07, 2023
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Battle of Bibb Furnace
Bibb, Alabama
Oct 07 to Oct 08, 2023
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Shadows of the Blue and Gray
Princeton, Illinois
Oct 09 to Oct 10, 2023
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Winterset Iowa Civil War Reenactment
Winterset, Iowa
Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2023
Hartford Civil War Days Union Reenactors
Hartford City Civil War Days
Hartford City, Indiana
Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2023
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Battle of Camp Wildcat Reenactment
Laurel County, Kentucky
Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2023
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Tentative
The Battle of Cedar Creek
Middletown, Virginia
Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2023
Union Soldiers Marching at Prairie Grove Battlefield Reenactment
Prairie Grove Battlefield Reenactment
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Dec 02 to Dec 04, 2022
Civil War Battle Reenactment
Battle of McLeods Mill
Leakesville, Mississippi
Dec 09 to Dec 11, 2022
Battle of Slaughter Pen Farm by Carl Rochling
Slaughter Pen Farm Living History and Battle Recreation
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Dec 09 to Dec 11, 2022
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Fort McAllister Reenactment and Winter Muster
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Dec 09 to Dec 10, 2022