monocytogenes and I went to the Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village today and WE MET TEDDY MOTHERFREAKIN’ ROOSEVELT. He even said “bully!” He gave me a campaign button and leaflet, too. I think we scared him with how much we were fangirling, but he stayed in character!
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam Re-Enactment
Confederate infantry re-enactors participate in the Battle of Bloody Lane during an event to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam September 15, 2012 in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862 and was the bloodiest battle in American history with more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day. It marked the end of General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
On representation Liu said: “Actually, when I walk down the street in my Colonial clothes, and I see an Asian family kind of looking at me, I’m kinda hoping somebody would say, ‘Wait a minute — you don’t have to be, you know, a Son of the American Revolution to join? You can be Chinese and be in this company?’ And sort of spark that conversation.” March on, Henry! - Alice
Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman–powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored.
Since we started reenacting, we always had some Hitlerjugend in the group. Here is the latest arrival, Andreas. He is dressed with summer short trousers and brown shirt. He has his HJ knife and a panzerfaust 60.
Reenactment of a tar & feathering in Colonial Williamsburg. Note the lack of bare skin. There’s a reason for that, and it’s not because tourists were watching the spectacle.
The standard procedure for tar & feathering was to strip a man down to his shirtsleeves. In the 18th century, shirtsleeves were considered “undressed” and normally just reserved for some physical activities.
In some rare cases the victim was stripped down to bare chest–but this was generally reserved for the most hated.
After the victim was undressed and tied to a liberty pole (if the town had one), or some other object, hot tar was then poured over him. The hot tar being used was actually pine pitch, which melts at a much lower temperature than black tar does. Feathers were then dumped on top of the tar.
Afterwards the victim would often be paraded through town. In some instances this was done with the victim in a cart, at other times the victim would be made to sit on a fence rail and carried around town.
As Gordon S. Wood points out, the purpose of tarring & feathering was not to injure the victim. It was to shame them and to get them align themselves again with the beliefs and ideas of the community. Very rarely was serious injury sustained.
Not that it was a pleasant experience by any means of course.