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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 02:39 pm
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Haha, that's awesome. You make good points, none of those terms really apply. We should have a contest to see who can come up with the most fitting term.



 Posted: Sun Mar 12th, 2006 12:28 am
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Hey I'm 12 and I have 2 Civil War Guns, Reenact, and have a huge collection



 Posted: Sun Mar 12th, 2006 04:49 pm
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Ahah!  When I saw the title of this thread, I was wondering when Joe would put up the article "What Do We Call Ourselves"?  Has it really been seven years?

I always liked the term "Student of the Civil War" because that is what I think I am.  I got interested in the subject about the time the Til Hazel thing at Manassas was going on so I guess this would be in the mid to late 80's.  Well, I soon began reading and visiting various places, joined the APCWS shortly after it was formed and have met many wonderful people along the way.

Brian Pohanka used to always say the same thing - that someday, someplace, some kid (a student of the Civil War) would be standing in the middle of a parking lot, a site of historical significance, to try and gain an understanding of what happened there and, more importantly, why it wasn't preserved.

Regards to all,

ConnYankee (I'll be 55 this year) :)

 



 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2006 12:53 am
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I vote for students. :) By the way I'm 45. I bacame interested in the war in 1987 after seeing the battlefields at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. When I came home I read the Bruce Catton  and Shelby Foote trilogies on the war and later watched the PBS series by Ken Burns. I guess that's when interest turned into addiction.:)

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I was born in 1958, Brazil Ind., but spent most of my youth in Des Moines  and went to school in Missouri before moving to CT in 1980, where I've been since. Growing up,  I didn't pay much attention to the Civil War. I started developing more interest in my early 20s, but the passion really took off when I visited my husband on a job in Alabama in 1991. We drove to Shiloh, and I have been hooked ever since. We have visited many battlefields, etc. over the years -- Antietam, Harper's Ferry, Kennesaw, Manssas, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, Pea Ridge, Wilson's Creek, Carthage, Fort Donelson, Stone's River, Appamattox, Chickamauga. I can't get enough of the stuff. I don't know what the pull is, it is such a rush. I also have this thing for visiting graves of Civil War generals, don't ask me why. My dual hobby is genealogy and finding out that my great-great grandfather served in the Union Army also influences my interest. When we're not visiting sites,  I read CW books -- currently on E.P. Alexander's Recollections.  



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I'm 50 years of age, and refuse to grow up!! What got me interested in the Civil War was an amusment park in NYC called "Freedom Land". It was generally shaped like the USA, and had exibits and attractions based on the geographic area of the country they were based on. They had an attraction based on the Civil War that I really identfied with. I can still remember parts of it to this day. Freedom Land was torn down about the time of the 1964 Worlds Fair, and now a huge complex called Co-Op City occupies the site. What a shame!!!

My interest in the CW sort of subsided for a number of years until I was in Junior High school history class, then went back to sleep until I began shooting black powder weapons, and had contact with a number of N-SSA folks that were shooting in the matches.

It became an obsesion after I concluded my shooting activities, and began building scale models. I found a high number of Civil War related subjects on the market, and began in earnest attempting to build a few. One of the key items of model building is researching the subject one is building to ensure accuracy in all aspects of the model. I've found a wealth of available kits on the market today, and have ramped up my research to cover the kits I build, which are mostly Heavy Artillery, figures, and Naval subjects.

Then I find myself finding a piece of information relating to something I'm working on that leads to other areas of study, and enjoyment. Of course, there's nothing like going out to view a site or existing piece of equipment. Talking to others who are dedicated historians, reenactors, Park Service guides and others interested in the War also helps find new subjects to explore. This site, and the knowledgeable folks that post here are fantastic sources on a great number of subjects both little known and common. As my modeling skills have increased, I've be fortunate to win a number of awards up to and including the National level, and my biggest successes have been with Civil War subjects.

Semper Fi

Doug



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I'm 42 and I've been interested ever since I was given a set of pictorials as a child.

As an adult I was mesmerized by Shelby Foote's writings.  Since then I've read all of Nevins' volumes and many single books on the war and the participants.  I am reading a lot of Catton right now.

I guess the one book I've chided myself for not reading...though it is waiting on the shelf...is Grant's autobiography.  I have long noticed its accolades as the best American autobio ever written.  When I discoved that its editor was none other than Mark Twain (he was also the one who constantly encouraged Grant to write) I knew why.  Not to take any credit from Grant...I am still amazed at his evident strength...who wrote a masterpiece as he was dying of cancer.

I have never joined the reenacting due to work and family constraints, but I would love it.



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:)

Hi all,

Of course I am late to the  game so to speak.

I am a little bit older then most here. I was born August 14,1951..

At the age of 9 while helping big sister do her history project on the opening act of the Civil War, the firing on Fort Sumter, I was hooked. I still have vivid memories of being 9 and standing on the parade ground of Fort Sumter.. Recently I went back and visited the Fort again.And that parade ground seemed a lot smaller to me.. No surprise there...

My addition to this time in our nations history, ebbed and grew over the next 40 plus years. It was the discovery of the familys connection to G.K. Warren and then also the recent discovery of my GGGrandfathers place in the "Recent unpleasantness"...  That drew me in further.

Now considering seriously a move to the Gettysburg area, I have soaked up every book I can on GB and now Antietam. My book shelves look like a library on the CW.. 

Bruce Catton was the original author I got hooked on. Since then names like McPherson, Foote, Pfanz, Bradley, Martin, Priest, Harsh, Roberson, now dominate these shelves. Copies of North and South are stacked in my living room. Some so dogeared as to become tattered a tad bit.

Even though I am in my mid fifties now, if any thing, my passion for this time in our history continues to grow and be nurtured. Now able to lead walks of GB, and soon very soon Antietam, I just cant get enough...

Still the most frequent question asked of me is "Jim you are going WHERE again?" Gettysburg? Why? ANswer, because there is still so much to learn.

I have visited many other places of significance in CW history. Battlefields like the Bull Runs, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Five Forks, Durham Station, Bentonville NC, Wilmington NC, Richmond, WInchester, Bermuda 100, the forts around DC, Chancelorsville, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, The Mule Shoe, Shiloh, and yes even Kenneshaw Mt.

A buff? Nah.. Now, A CW Historian... And after reading every ones posts here, we have every right to make that claim to be called that. For thats what we are . CW historians.

Regards,

JIM



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I have been captivated by military history since a very little boy.  I was often ridiculed by members of my own family for sitting with our bi-centenial edition of the World Book encyclopedia reading every article I could find on wars and armies.  I inherited a book from my grandfather on the Civil War and loved the pictures, but what really fired my attention was the '82 mini series with Stacy Keach, "The Blue and The Gray".  Great cast.  Then I learned from my grandmother about our connection to the Tennessee cavalry that rode with Morgan in '63.  That got me reading more and more seriously about the war.  Today, with the college courses I have taken in the history of the Civil War and the articles that I have written, I would like to consider myself a Civil War Scholar.  Those that have taken their passion for that epoch in history and elevated it into sincere study I think can proudly call themselves scholars of the Civil War.



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Jim I am even older .  I retired from teaching five years ago and have spent quite a bit of that time learning more and more about the subject of the Civil War .  I am now Program Chair for Orange County Civil War Round Table and am a  docent at the Drum Barracks in Wilington .  I love learning about the Civil War and I am 61. 

Susan



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I got started in the civil war stuff as a jr high student in Excelsior Springs MO. In our History class our Teacher Mr. Britt spent a full semester on the Civil War , he was a great storyteller made the people and events come alive , and the afternoon he brought in his reenactors gear and fired an enfield in school I was hooked,  ( he was or is a Union Infantry man I am always afraid or hope that I look down from the back of my charging horse and see him ) I started reenactin when i went to Wilsons Creek when i first moved to MO and met up with a great group of Cav reenactors that were having a spring muster there. Now i get to do 2 of my favorite things ride horses and learn history. OH by the way I am 35 for some reason the border wars really interest me , so that is what i like to study most.



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Wow, I thought I was the only one who liked "The Blue and the Gray."



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Born 1952 a northerner [Buffalo NY]. We vacationed to Sarasota FL in summers 1958-1960. First day's drive got us to Gettysburg, Hwy.15. Stayed at motels right across the street from the battlefield. No time to sight-see, had to get to the beaches in FL to thaw out from Buffalo winter [so said Mom!]. Drove past signs announcing "Richmond Battlefields," too. Never stopped.

Moved to Sarasota 1961, learned southern hospitality and manners from a relative who moved there from CT a few years earlier. They liked the slower pace, the drawl, but that's all changed now.

Anyhow, high school history got me revved up for further ACW reading. Fell off the wagon in college, but about 1983 I started reading a LOT. Found Foote, Freeman, Catton, dived in and haven't come up for air yet.

Have been fortunate to be able to travel to ACW sites since 1998; every other year, a college buddy and I alternate east & west visits. 1998 was eastern theater, 2000 western, 2002 back east, 2004, west again, and just finished two week east trip in July. Still need to see Vicksburg, Memphis, Jackson, Perryville, Richmond [KY], Lincoln's birthplace, a few others. Want to go back to Franklin [see the newly protected golf course near McGavock cemetery] and Corinth [new visitors' center and interpretive coverage]. Still looking for Iuka plaques, etc.

Have discovered Florida has a surprisingly large number of Civil War sites, too, even near here [Tampa].

I can see revisiting all the places I've already been, once I retire. By then, maybe my wife will want to see them too!

ArtorBart



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I was born in 1955 and brought up in Richmond, Va. It was ingrained in the essence of my chidlhood the legacy of the War of Northern Aggression. throughout school much was made of reading the biographies of  Virginia gentlemen throughout the assent of US History. I even remember getting a Civil War army set as a 8 year old. It was customary to always have the South win. Blue was not a favorite color at that time. I have toured every major battlefield in Virginia and have been to the tomb of Lee at Washington and Lee and the grave of jackson. I have first hand seen segregation up close and personal and the advant of forced busing and the havoc upon students in 1969 and 1970. I have seen many traditions expunged. I have attended the last Tobbacco Bowel Parade where VMI entered the stadium playing Dixie, everyone stood up and placed their hand over there heart.
So a it is no wonder I ended up majoring in History and getting my masters on the Civil War. Presently, I live in Elizabeth city  North carolina where I am researching and writing a book on the little known battle of the war called the battle of South Mills which involved an assault on the Locks of the dismal Swamp canal by the Zouaves and other unuts under Rush hawkins. One of the first Congressional medals of Honor was earned in this battle. I have been a member of the Richmond Civil war Roundtable since 1979. I have direct ancestral ties to the SCV through general Tilghman of the Army of the Tennessee. My family ie wifes has direct ties through Medlin/Hatley family members serving in the NC regiments and navy. So I could not avoid the Civil War no matter how hard i tried.



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I was born in '77.  I have lived all over and in doing so, I have had the opportunity to visit many battlefields/forts.  My interest sparked while in the 4th grade.  My class took a trip to Ft. Casper, Wyo.  My dad and I started re-enacting together when I was 11.   I loved dressing up like Scarlet O'Hara and he loved his gun.  I would churn butter with the other "civilians" and he would go off to fight.  I especially loved it when I got a little older and they would let me particiapate in nursing the wounded.  I always giggled as a kid whenever I would say "Happy Christmas" instead of "Merry Christmas" at the Christmas candlelight tours for Living History.

My GGGrandpa was with the 78th Ohio.  I have starred at his tin type photo for years.  He looks so sharp in his uniform.  I didn't realize until recently just how many battles he fought in.  He lived through some very tough campaings.  I take pride in that.  My family is lucky in that we have a lot of his relics from the war.  I am learning all I can about him and the war in genreal.


I loved visiting Gettysburg and Vicksburg.  It was neat even to a 12 year old girl to see a memorial stone for my Grandpa's regiment.  I have many fond memories of Fort Casper and Fort Laramie, Wyo.  I thank my dad for instilling the importance of knowledge in me.



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Fuller , welcome to the board.  You were lucky to have a great dad to get you envolved in reenacting.    Good luck on your search for more information .  I wished I had a picture of my great grandfather who fought in a Michigan Regiment in Tennessee.  



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Maybe you can find him or other men who fought along side him http://www.civilwarmysteries.com/michigan.htm Thank you for your post and good luck with your research!



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sure enough one of pictures identified as an officer in the 19th Michigan which is where my great grandfather served.  Thanks for the website .  Not him but someone that might have known him.

Susan



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I believe I'm the oldest one in here, as I was born in 1941. Laramie, Wyoming, is my home town. It was built in 1867, with the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Wyoming had barely enough people to qualify for statehood in 1896. So there is no town tradition connected with the Civil War, just with cowboys and railroads.

As a little girl, I saddled up my bike, said Giddyap, and went off in the sagebrush with my two six-shooter cap pistols, lookin' for bad guys, just like Roy and Gene. Our family vacation trips were to the great national parks out west, camping, hiking, fishing, sightseeing. They were unforgettably wonderful, but not history-oriented.

Before the Civil War, of course, the army had a number of forts in the Wyoming part of Nebraska Territory, but who would want to visit Fort Laramie? It's not in the mountains!

What's more, we had no ancestors in the war, so again, the family interest didn't reach in that direction.

I've always loved history and geography, but my career in the Federal Government was in international affairs. At one point my knowledge of Russian history was better than of American!

After my husband died in 2001, it took several years to restructure my life. And in 2005, I found what I was looking for. The Civil War. And the Civil War community.

So I may be an old lady off to a slow start, but I'm catchin' up as fast as I can.

I'm interested in battlefield preservation. And as I said in my "Introduction" post, more and more I'm interested in WHY they fought, as well as HOW they fought.

As for what we call ourselves, I prefer to think of myself as an enthusiastic tourist through the mid-19th century. Enthusiastic about learning. Tourist because I don't DO anything, I just absorb what others have done.

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