Civil War reenacting with a disability

I’m going through my storage bins of Civil War reenacting stuff because I’m going to the Battle of Resaca in May. I haven’t done this in several years due to bad health and a relapse of my anxiety disorder. But this year, I plan to start getting back into it.

As I was going through my storage bins, I realized some of my stuff is different because I’m a quadriplegic. So I wanted to write about it a little bit, maybe hoping that other disabled people might see that it’s possible to do something like reenacting too. And reenacting is not completely like theater or even cosplay if you think about it. We invest a lot of time, energy, materials, and resources into our Civil War personas the way those in the theater or in cosplay do. So if I can do it from a wheelchair, you can too.

This is 2014 me:

And this is 1863 me:

It’s not easy to discern my quadriplegia when I sit for glass plate photographs, right? It’s not accidental. Wherever possible, like any great actress, I do what I can to convince the viewer of the part I play. For photo sittings like these, I transfer from my wheelchair to a regular antique chair the photographer has in his or her period correct studio. A 21st century wheelchair would destroy the historical illusion.

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Unfortunately, due to modern stereotypes either reinforced by Hollywood or other popular media, people have trouble seeing history’s many colors. They only wanna see only black nd white, familiar, absolute one sided portrayals of the events throughout history. I’ve had astonished Asians and non-Asians come up to me at these re-enactments. Some encourage me and some discourage me from doing it. They act like what I’m doing is an absurdity sometimes or wow I didn’t realize Asian Americans
even know American history at all! Some don’t think I look the part. I’ve even seen an old Asian couple taking photos of my unit, but making sure I’m left out of the photo.

My question to them is, what about you? Why don’t you come out and represent your own history, then if you look more the part and spend your own time and money? Heck, I didn’t even know there were really Chinese in the American civil war until I started doing this hobby and got a history lesson from other American re-enactors. Even Congress has passed a resolution to acknowledge that!
The Battle of Resaca Reenactment Official Site

Battle of Resaca Reenactment

If you’re going to be in northwest Georgia on May 17, come on out to the Battle of Resaca. It’s the 150th anniversary month of that Civil War battle, which is quite special. There’s even going to be an 1860s baseball game this year.

I’m going to be there with my family on Saturday the 17th. You can’t miss me. I’ll be the woman trying to cram an 1860s dress into a wheelchair. Come say hi if you see me. I’ll tell you all about women in the Civil War. Here are pictures of me from other reenactments.

This flag (that’s the confederate flag for those that don’t know) is not racist.

Let me explain:

  • Yes, the flag represented the South during the Civil War
  • Yes, the South was on the wrong side of the war
  • The South knows they were on the wrong side
  • Southerners would laugh in your face if you suggested that they wanted to bring slavery back
  • Now, the flag is just a representation of southern pride (non-related to the war)

Reasons someone would own a confederate flag:

  • They’re a history buff who likes to collect Civil War items
  • They’re from the South and proud of it
  • They had ancestors in the Confederacy
  • They do Civil War reenactments

There is nothing wrong with owning one of these flags. It means “I’m from the South and proud of it.” It no longer has any relation to slavery and, as it’s a flag, is not oppressing anyone.

To suggest otherwise is nothing but ignorance.