As Americans celebrate the 4th of July weekend, many are participating in Civil War battle reenactments across the country. Activities include dressing up as union and confederate soldiers, in historically accurate costumes, and running around on a battlefield to create choreographed version of America’s bloody war. However, as each year tens of thousands of more Americans want to participate, United States is running out of historical Civil War battlefields. Listed below are ten other activities which have gained in popularity and accommodate the overflow crowds.
1. Every Saturday at the Ford theatre where Lincoln was shot, history buffs can participate in a reenactment of the assassination by playing either James Wilkes Booth, an audience member or Abraham Lincoln. Participants are armed with paint balls and at the end of the day hunt down Booth and killing him with lemon crème pies.
2. Workshops are held by civil war historians who teach participants how to “cuss” like confederate soldiers in the language of the time.
3. A class on confederate and union fire arms is held in Alanta each year on the 4th of July, after which class participants can hunt down small game such as foxes with confederate era weaponry.
4. Probably the only American sewing class more popular with men, the confederate flag making workshop shows people how to make their own authentic looking union and confederate flags to sell at auction.
5. Confederate Buffet. Each year guests of the restored green bayou plantation can eat like confederate soldiers. The buffet includes meats from game animals such as raccoons and a stew made from coyotes.
6. Battle wounds of the confederacy. Participants spend time in a recreation of a Civil War field hospital and, with the use of fake blood and body parts, get a feel for the brutality of the war.
7. Diseases of the Civil War. From dysentery to typhoid to measles, learn about how these diseases impacted soldiers and people living during the time of the Civil War in the film “Diseases of the Civil War”.
8. Secrets of the confederacy. In this series of lectures participants learn about how the south almost won the war, which includes a tour of a confederate submarine, a confederate predator drone, and even a secret confederate gold mine.
9. How not to get killed on a Civil War battle field. The last remaining survivor of the Civil War, a confederate soldier, explains how he was able to have participated in 47 battles, yet was only grazed by a bullet twice.
10. Secret torture chambers of the confederacy. Though not mention much in history classes in the south, this course discusses some of the confederates’ hidden torture chambers, which were often secretly placed in the basements of plantation houses. In these rooms spies were tortured to obtain information on a number of issues, such as what was Abraham Lincoln’s real hat size.
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