|Alicia and a soldier from the |
28thMA Infantry. The 28th
MA is a local Mid-Atlantic Union
re-enactor unit. This fellow is actually
a retired US Army veteran.
The 150th Anniversary of the Union Occupation of Alexandria and the deaths of Lieutenant Ellsworth and Jackson are fast approaching. These were the = first casualties of the civil war. Alexandria has several events planned to commemorate these momentous occasions.
Though a serious time in history, the Market Square event was more a carnival atmosphere with all aspects of civil war life present including soldiers and civilians.
The Market Square was set up like the typical Farmer's market except that each stand represented different aspects of the Civil War instead of selling produce. I especially liked the heavy concentration of civilian re-enactors, including African American military and civilian period re-enactors. Most re-enactors are very scrupulous about using authentic clothing and equipment, so their photos make good reference material.
I learned from the Alexandria Archeology and African American Civil War Museum representatives that there might be information about the US Construction Corps that worked on the USMRR. I have marked that on my list as needed visits.
Ron Beavers and his wife were there. Ron had his railroad artifacts on display. Here Ron has an interested client learning about Civil War railroads.
These Union reenactors had what I regarded as a very authentic look - that lean and fit look that came from months of campaigning. The females also captured the period look wonderfully.
There was a Victorian Dance group that demonstrated period era dancing. I believe the announcer said this is called a quadrille, a forerunner to square dancing.
|US Regular Troops|
|Some early war Virginia regimental troops in "battle shirts." After a|
couple of years of campaigning they won't look so well fed.
|A full load of kit. Many soldiers abandoned a majority of this gear |
after a few months of marching and fighting.