Kevin Levin has posted this article over at Civil War Memory. I have no dog in this fight: I am not nor have I ever been a re-enactor or “living historian”, whatever that means. And I don’t attend – purposely, anyway – re-enactments. I was vaguely planning to be in the area for the 150th anniversary of the battle, in part because I’ve been considering joining the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and friend Robert Moore tells me the national convention of that organization is planned for 2011 in Manassas. $350,000 ($100,000 from Manassas, $250,000 from the State of Virginia) seems like a lot of scratch, even in these times when government dollars are basically Monopoly money.
Dress-Up20 11 2009