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New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument
A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South. The Liberty Place monument, a 35-foot granite...
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How the fuck did this thing stay up until 2017?

Robert Bonner, a 63-year-old Civil War re-enactor, was there to protest the monument’s removal.

“I think it’s a terrible thing,” he said. “When you start removing the history of the city, you start losing money. You start losing where you came from and where you’ve been.”



Re-enactors portraying Union troops participate in the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Antietam at Legacy Manor Farm

More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing after the 12-hour Battle of Antietam, called the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.

It took place on September 17, 1862 across rural fields in western Maryland. 

Hellish fighting would persist until darkness: at the soon ravaged church and adjacent woods, at a stone bridge over Antietam Creek that became a shooting gallery, in a head-high cornfield where bullets and canister shot flew so thick that one survivor said it looked afterward as if the stalks had been cut to the ground with a knife.

The 12th Massachusetts regiment lost 67 per cent killed and wounded, the 1st Texas Infantry, 82 per cent. ‘Where is your division?’ someone asked Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood. 'Dead on the field,’ he replied.

A sunken wagon track, contested for three hours and in the end piled deep with bodies in dark blue or butternut uniforms, became known forever as Bloody Lane.

President Abraham Lincoln, speaking two days before the battle, gave the Union his blessing, saying: 'God bless you, and all with you. Destroy the rebel army if possible.’

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My Anne Boleyn necklace is so important to me because when I went to Hampton Court one time, I had a conversation with the re-enactor playing Anne Boleyn (she was completely in character), and she saw the necklace and accused of stealing it from her personal belongings and threatened to have me “made a head shorter” and I was like PLEASE MURDER ME, OH QUEEN, OH MISTRESS

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Outlander one shot requested by Anon based on this imagine:

You don’t really remember the exact moment that you had fallen asleep. You had walked through the airport, booked in your bags, looked round duty free, boarded the plane and then you’d taken off. Not that you were surprised that you had fallen asleep, it had been a number of weeks since you had slept the entirety of the night without waking up or at the very least dreaming. Ever since your parents had informed you that they would be travelling to the UK and from there you would meet them for a family holiday in Scotland. 

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what your favorite industrial band says about you

KMFDM: you took high school german

Front 242: you make films at airport runways and train crossings

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: you’d been to the wax trax records store on damen and you’ll tell anyone who will listen about it

Skinny Puppy: you have 50 beagles. you’re vegan but you’ve considered cannibalism. 

Front Line Assembly: you’ve made model aircraft

Revolting Cocks: you wear jeans to fetish clubs

Boyd Rice: you’ve sacrificed a goat to your goddess as a thanks for your survival. your name has ‘sol’ in it.

NIN: you tell everyone trent reznor invented the genre

Ministry: you secretly voted for Bush because the one thing you hate more than war is abortion

Laibach: no one can tell if you’re a fascist or a re-enactor and you like it that way

Nitzer Ebb: you’d describe yourself as a “rebel”. you even own a leather jacket.

Die Warzau: you’re way too willing to use the word ‘phunk’ 

Einstürzende Neubauten: you’re gay but you dont want to come out since you hang out with the people who like all these other bands 

Throbbing Gristle: you’ve participated in the creation of at least one feminist zine

Combichrist: you’re in middle school 

anonymous asked:

I just only recently got into 1860s fashion, but after reading a couple of statements by reenactors online I am confused? Most state that fabric covered buttons were not very common back then, but a lot of dresses I've seen in museums/online seem to feature them? Also I'm puzzled that the blouse/skirt combo is so rare in 1860s US since it's been part of traditional clothing all over Europe for a very long time?

Hello! Sorry for the extremely delayed response! Tumblr failed to notify me of any messages for months and my hectic schedule kept me from checking (and posting much - sorry followers! My Master’s Degree was beckoning!)

My best advice to you is to trust what is extant. Items you see in museums are what they are and art from the time is a primary source. While many re-enactors have doubtlessly studied these pieces as well, going back to the source material is the surest way to understand them. (I myself constructed an 1860s dress featuring covered buttons using a pattern adapted from an extant garment, and backed up by my own additional research).

As far as I know the blouse/skirt combo was perfectly common during the 1860s, however before this time in America, it mainly surfaced as lower class/ work clothing, like the petticoat/short gown combo of the 18th century (check out Colonial Williamsburg’s website for a great little game which illustrates this). By the 1860s, however, I believe it was more common in the middle and upper classes, though certainly still a more casual option for daytime only. You will often see women wearing a blouse and skirt with a swiss waist (belt) that was popular at this time.

Perhaps the reason it does not appear in America the way is does in European folk dress is because there is not really an American ethnic tradition (and when I say this I am referring only to European settlers and their descendants; Native Americans of all nations have rich traditions of dress, including many types of garments which might fit into the categories of blouses and skirts) - rather, Euro-Americans brought many traditions from Europe and practiced them within their own ethnic groups, but also blended them together with others to form a new American aesthetic.

Additionally, as I mentioned before, skirt/blouse ensembles before the mid-19th century were typically lower class, and at this time, before photography, visual records of lower class people were much harder to come by.

I hope this thoroughly answered your questions, and I do apologize for rambling on, especially so long after you asked this in the first place!


Today a group of my friends and I dressed up in garb and went to Hedge End Medieval Fair. There were a few small groups of re-enactors, and a couple of people demonstrating for HEMA, but honestly the best part was running around through a giant hedge maze and playing putt putt while eating ice-cream (it was a very hot day). 

I lent my only other two dresses to my friends to wear (I am that go to person for kits and costumes), so I made myself a new dress out of linen, which I dyed and sewed yesterday. It was very comfy and airy.

P.S. Flower-crowns makes me so happy! Thank you @forgedinfoamtemperedlikesteel ! <3


Well, apologies everyone for being absent from Tumblr so long, (apart from the odd reblog or two) In between the new job, new flat and the reenactment season touching down with a vengeance, I’ve been pretty busy this summer - including my first go at a formal Regency ball gown!
The white gowns I did for @mercurygray and @summerinavonlea impressed one of my reenactment friends, who commissioned a ballgown from me. My brief was that the colours had to be blue and black,as her boyfriend is a black Brunswicker re-enactor for the Napoleonic War, and she wanted to match him at all the regency balls and victory dances! Apart from that, and the vague time period of 1812, I was free to do as I liked!

Well, this dress has probably been one of the most - eh, complicated projects I’ve done, just because real life kept intervening and it kept getting stuffed in the project drawer. THe first fabric I ordered was a much brighter blue (and way more polyester) than I anticipated - and whilst I gave it a go making it up, it all started to look a bit “David’s Bridal” prom dress when it started coming together. The electric blue polyester was thrown in recycling. Back to the drawing board!
The blue changeable taffeta fabric worked much better. But I’m a glutton for punishment. What did I do, but stick lots of trimming all over my design? Hand-sewing those suckers down on the sleeves left me cursing myself - and you can see I got rid of the layers of trim on the under sleeve, going for beads at the edge instead. By that point, I was a bit fed up with trim!
I’m now on to the thankless tack of sewing on the ribbon trim on the skirt. It looks great but getting all those silly diagonals correct? Yeesh!
Hopefully this will be finished by the end of this week…

Lawrence, Kansas “Gothic”
  • FSHS students graffiti LHS. They are suspended. LHS students graffiti FSHS. They are suspended. FSHS students graffiti LHS but are caught in the act.They are suspended, floating mid-air, spray paint in their unwilling hands, writing words they don’t believe, screaming soundlessly. No one knows whom to suspend.
  • A man owns most of downtown. He owns hotels. He owns a very large house. He owns zebras. He owns other, darker things. His business competitors tend to disappear.
  • This city rose from its ashes, and so will everything in it. Do not burn your evidence–it will return. You cannot trust the fire.
  • Construction seems never-ending. Why are they always building new roads? The terror of delays only serves to hide the real terror. Under the cover of heavy machinery and asphalt, blood bubbles up from the earth in crimson springs. Kansas was once bleeding; here it bleeds still.
  • They say the Jayhawk is a mythical bird, but how else can you explain the flashes of red and blue in the sky, with–if you squint at them–something purple in their claws?
  • Eat local. Drink local. Buy local. Keep your business local. Stay local. Do not let your money leave the city limits. It is contaminated, corrupted, and you would not dare to pass it on to outsiders.
  • There is always a parade. St. Patrick’s Day. Christmas. Halloween. Nega-Christmas. Dark Valentine’s. Chaos Thursday. Mass Street is never clear of floats and horses. They watch. They wait.
  • It is a common misconception that LFK stands for “Lawrence Fucking Kansas”. Few know that the true meaning is something else entirely, and even fewer have heard of the destruction it could bring if spoken aloud.
  • How long have you been standing in the grass, watching the dark clouds in the distance and feeling the warning electricity crackling across your skin as the air grows hot and liquid around you? You do not fear a tornado. You fear what lives within it.
  • Schoolchildren are taught of Lawrence’s pivotal role in the start of the Civil War. One day, a teacher (a new teacher, moved in from out of town) books re-enactors. The other teachers mutter to each other about her naïveté. Everyone knows the best re-enactors appear downtown on certain moonless midnights. Why waste your time on fake soldiers when you could have real ones?
  • Today is Final Friday. Some might even call it the Final Friday. They would be right, in a sense.

boiled off the wax from some bayberries! candles of bayberry wax are supposed to be useful for good luck and money spells.

I learned about this process of wax gleaning from a candle-making revolutionary war re-enactor, who told me that these candles were less common than lard-based ones, but higher quality. Secondary in quality only to whale blubber lanterns.