Why we fight (with apologies to Frank Capra)
- I was talked into my first reenactment 10 years ago by an ROTC
instructor at NCSU.
I began doing WBTS. Before going to my first event, my impression of
reenactors was wannabe yahoos. Granted this during the 125, so that
period was peaking, complete with the slip in quality that quantity can
bring. I went to an event or two and I was hooked. I enjoyed reading,
pseudo-research, and the unique camaraderie of the hobby. I enjoyed the
interaction with the public. After two years, my small group began
doing RevWar. I appreciated the different crowd at RevWar events, and I
also appreciated the
lack-of-event-sponsors-trying-to-soak-me-for-every-penny (vice WBTS).
Funny, the registrations fees at WBTS events were supposedly to pay for
the costs of the event (amenities *snort*, insurance...). After
starting in RevWar, I wondered if the RevWar events got insurance and
real amenities for free. *G*. A year or two after that, John Truelove
talked my into trying 1812/Nap.
His unit is the 21t RNBF, which served in Europe and in North America.
Somewhere along the way, my motivation changed. Now, I go to events to
see old friends in the hobby and meet new ones. Within the past three
years, I starte doing WWII USN. We have formed a Historical
Interpretive Detachment aboard USS North Carolina, and work with the HID
aboard SS John Brown. With this period, I am allowed to collect
original items, and interact with the men we portray. Having the chance
to be instructed by the man who was gun captain on the very gun that I
am now gun captain is a rare treat indeed. An example of this
interaction is at an event last spring. I was told that I had been
appointed gun captain on one of the guns in my mount. I quickly sewed
my GC mark on my whites before chapel. After chapel, EVERY vet GC that
was in attendance cornered me, and quizzed me if I knew what that mark
was, and what my duties were. It was fine to se that these vets were
proud of their past status, and their protection of same. It was more
satisfying to have been duly examined and not found wanting. In the
same vein, when I dyed one of my white covers blue, I had two comments
from vets. THAT is a great moment.
Sobre John McLean's Coy, Cumberland Co. Loyal Militia
Royal North Carolina Regiment
21t Regt, Royal North British Fusiliers (Scots Fusiliers)
Coy F 50th NCI
HID, USS North Carolina, Gunnery