Civil War Reenacting Weekend Liberty NY 2008 - Part 1 The Battle Views

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

As those of you who regularly check out my blog will know, this past weekend was a Civil War Weekend for the Pizappi Family.  I have decided to share the weekend with you in two installments. The Camp Life Views and The Battle Views.  This will be The Battle Views.

We reenact to honor the men and women who believed in their causes, who fought and died in the worst war to have been fought by our country because it was brother against brother, and to always remember so it won't happen again.  The following pictures may upset those of you who do not understand but many of us feel that by showing the history we will teach a new generation the bitter lessons learned in this war.  It is a hobby for those of us who participate and we all pay to participate in these events.  We sell tickets to the public to offset the costs of facilities and insurance and the remainder of the funds collected are used for various charity and preservation projects.

During our reenactment at Liberty NY the troops had several tactical and surprise attacks which were not publicly presented as well as two spectator battles, an artillery demonstration, and a candlelight tour with various scenarios including a field medic operation, camp life, searching for lost brothers, and a church service.  The following pictures are of the two spectator battles.  

Artilery Look Out

An artillery look out scans the area for activity

Cabin warning

Union soldier informs them of Confederate activity in the area

Union advance

Trouble has been spotted by the Union advance guards

Confederate Troops

Confederate General looking at some of his men preparing for a skirmish.

Union back up arrives

The Union Forces arrive.


Cabin attacked

Home Invasion 1860's style

Confederates set up

The Confederates set up on a fence line

Cabin Defense

Union Troops defend the cabin

Union on line

Union Soldiers pushing the Confederates back

Dead on fence

This brave soldier did not finish the battle 
(He stayed in this position an incredible amount of time BTW I give him props for effort!)

Union marching home

Union Troops marching home after victory Saturday

Union line Sunday

Union Troops line up on Sunday



The Union firing line

Artillery fires

Artillery piece just after firing

 Confederate Victory Sunday

The Confederate Troops are victorious on Sunday.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse at the battles from the Liberty NY 2008 Reenactment Weekend.  See my next blog for the camp life side of the reenactment. 


  

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Barbara Carter
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WOW PAddy- This is so authentic- I love the reenactments- We went to gettysburgh and reliving the battles is amazing. The bravery of these fine soldiers is beyond words. Your pictures are terrific. I can't wait to read the camp life blog.

Aug 04, 2008 01:25 AM #1
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Paddy, thanks for your wonderful description and photos. I would love to attend one of these re-enactments and see the uniforms and especially here the cannons firing. It does give us some sense of the history obviously without the real carnage that happened with the bloodshed and huge loss of life.

Aug 04, 2008 01:33 AM #2
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Thanks Barbara We are planning to be in Monroe at Museum Village on Labor Day weekend and in Montgomery at the end of September if you can make it.

You are welcome Gary.  Try to find some in your area.  I am betting there will be some strong Confederate leanings in Texas.

Aug 04, 2008 02:18 AM #3
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Paddy, very neat photo's. That is amazing the soldier laid over the fence for so long, that had to be uncomfortable. I was looking for the photo of you?

Aug 04, 2008 02:26 AM #4
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That postion does make you hurt just looking at it.  Someone had to take the pictures Duane :-)  I will see if my daughter had one of me. 

Aug 04, 2008 02:32 AM #5
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Paddy, cool, I hope she does....

Aug 04, 2008 02:35 AM #6
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Me

Here I am It got a bit pixalated

Aug 04, 2008 04:06 AM #7
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Paddy, ya look great, glad you were able to find one. Thanks for sharing...

Aug 04, 2008 04:56 AM #8
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Thank you fine sir

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Paddy, I love all the pix especially the one of you.  It's amazing to me how these men fought.  In our day of satellite surveillance imaging, tanks and fighter jets- it's shocking to see how wars used to fought.  Thanks for sharing.  I off the read about camp life!!

Aug 04, 2008 05:23 AM #10
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Thanks Becky It is hard for us to imagine isn't it?

Aug 04, 2008 05:37 AM #11
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Hi Paddy, I've never been to a reenactment.  It looks like fun!

Aug 04, 2008 03:48 PM #12
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What great photo's Paddy.... I wish we could have been there!

Aug 04, 2008 07:38 PM #13
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You should check one out sometime, Susan.  The big ones like Gettysburg can be impressive but I actually prefer the smaller ones for the ability to see more and not get shoved around by a crowd.  There is one comeing up at Eckley Miners Village off 81 in PA in two weeks that members of our unit will attend but I am not going.

Thanks Jesse the Southern Troops could have used you they had to galvanize some union troops to boost their numbers.  The gas crisis is hitting the reenacting community hard just like everyone else.

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Paddy, you are welcome Mam. What was your role? Had to be too much fun and what a great experience as a family.

Aug 05, 2008 02:13 AM #15
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I am a wife and mother of Union soldiers who had the opportunity to come out to meet them at their camp.  We do enjoy this hobby a lot Duane. 

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Paddy, these are great pictures.  I like the explanation that you provided at the beginning.  Although I would have never "publicly" asked the question, I've always wondered why people would want to reenact what was such a painful chapter of our history.   

But, you explained it so well....thanks. I am glad that people are choosing NOT to forget.   

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I am glad that you have a better understanding now Sondra.  Some will never understand and believe that it is glorifying war.  To see these men "die" is to understand why it should never happen again.

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