After Gettysburg, is there a future for Civil War re-enacting?
Everyone knew someone, it seemed, for whom Gettysburg would be the last re-enactment.
“It does let you step back and have a breather,” said John Browne, a 22-year-old Civil War re-enactor originally from Seattle but who has lived in Brevard, N.C., since he was 12.
Browne said in his Civil War re-enactment camp he doesn’t have to worry about people pulling out their cell phones, getting connected to the outside world and ignoring everyone else around them.
Sitting in his Confederate camp at Gettysburg with only a lantern and the stars for light, Browne said, “It’s a good thing that we’re not supposed to have technology out here because (the technology) inhibits us from being able to develop relations with the humans right next to us, instead of being very deep into our phone at the moment.”
“Everybody should go camping,” he said. “Things move very, very fast today with our communications… It’s almost unnatural the speed we’re going.”
It’s more than just a camping adventure, though. For some, there is also the tug of ancestry, particularly in the South.