Portrait of the Past
Several years ago I visited Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania. The battlefield was an important part of American history and a major turning point in the war.
In the years that have passed, many Americans have not only studied the Civil War, but have come to live it and “reanact” it for others. The idea is not to simply dress up but to teach others about the battle, the time, the lifestyle, the purpose of not only Gettysburg but other battles in the war.
On a Sunday morning, before leaving for home, I made a very early trip to “Little Round Top” and found a Civil War reanactor dressed in his uniform. We watched the sun rise together and I listened to him discuss the July 1863 battle asking “What if” questions concerning decisions the North and South Generals made in their war strategy. It was wonderful just to listen, but with my camera in hand I also wanted to take his portrait. He posed with the field in the background.