These re-enactors came from as far away as California, New York and Ohio to help turn the experience for viewers into one that took my breath away. The county had made sure the re-enactors as well as the viewing audience were accommodated. They spend months with the landscape to build a mock-up of Fort Harrison and earthworks and fallen tree lines to assist the re-eactors with the battle simulation. Crowd control is important in events such as these so no one is injured and yet one roped off area allowed viewers to sit so that the battle was on three sides of them as they watched the battle scenario. Loud speakers announced ahead of time what we were about to witness.
Nearby an area was set up for the sutlers. During the war, these were traveling stores so the men could purchase much needed supplies. As a spectator wandering through these areas allows you to see what camp life was all about. I spoke with a photographer who explained how the process of making the film and taking the photo was during that time. So much different than a simple push of a button to take a digital photo. I chatted with a map maker who explained the process he used to draw on a piece of fabric. His finished products were pieces of artwork.
If you ever have a chance to view a Civil War encampment and simulated battle - please take the time to do so.