|Reenacting is a very old thing. In Rome they use to hold reenactments of the Battle of Thermoply, Marathon, and a few other in the Ampitheaters even Naval Battles (These were very real people actually died). During the Middle Ages the Tournaments the battles became Roman Battles. It seems that the Reenacting becomes popular in the 19th Century at the Eglinton Tournament of 1839 (Predating the Civil war by over 20 years) as a matter of fact Napoleon III took part in this event and drew more then 100,000 spectators this was a reenactment of Jousts and other Mideival games. It is known that "Buffalo Bill" William Cody put on a reenactment of the Battles of the Alamo and Little Big Horn*. It would not suprise me if Rev War reenacting bacame big during the Centennial and ebbed off during Span/Am War, WWI, the Depression, and WWII. The Russians did hold reenactments in the early 20th Century in 1906, 1912, 1918, and 1920 with the Seige of Sevastopol, the Battle of Bordino,Taking of Azov, and the Taking of the Winter Palace respectivly. Unfortuately a deffinte answer is short in comming. Most of my info here comes from Wiki so much of what I said could very well be made 1/2 truth aside from about Rome and Cody.
* Used actual participants of the Battle on the Native American side including Sitting Bull
Last edited on Fri Sep 10th, 2010 06:01 am by CameronsHighlander