Reenactors travel hours to re-live bits of the past.
By Emily Bohatch
to Meigs County for the Morgan’s Raid Reenactment, says Constance White, a Morgan’s Raid
Reenactment Committee member and Vinton County resident. In total, the mid-September event attracted about 100 cavalry men and their horses, two mounted artillery groups and about 150 infantrymen from across the United States, White says.
troops only passed through most southern Ohio counties, the men spent nearly three days in Meigs County, says David Mowery, the chair of the Buffington Island Battlefield PreservationFoundation and author of two books on the raid.
“In several years of reenacting, this is the first time it’s been offered up, so I says, ‘I can’t miss it,’” Lafy says. “This is a one-of-a-kind reenactment. That was my motivation.”Lafy has traveled throughout the country during the last 20 years reliving history as a Civil War reenactor. For him, the experience is quite personal.
oldest surviving courthouse. His well-tailored jacket is an exact recreation — Grant can show you photographic proof — of the jacket of a general and future president who shares his last name: Ulysses S. Grant. A real Civil War staff officer sword hangs from his hip, a dressed-down version of one of General Grant’s presentation swords. Though Grant can’t remember where orhow he obtained the sword, he’s worn it during many of his 25 years of reenacting.
Civil War history, although he can list in detail the weapons used in the war and whip up from scratch some solid nineteenth century recipes. But he maintains that everything he knows he learned from six years of reenacting. Now, he feels so comfortable talking about the era he speaks — in uniform, of course — at schools in his area.
says Civil War history offers interesting contradictions, depending on where you hear it and who tells it. Many people believe it was a war about slavery, he says, but he believes that’s only part of the story.