Here is another image from what I think may become a series which I refer to as the Uncivil War. Pictured here is a portrait of one of the women dressed in the attire of what would have been a southern belle on the confederate side of the Civil War. And, being true to the nature of the women of that era, she had the accent and the attitude of one.
Unlike most of the reenactors at this event, she seemed to have more energy than anyone else. Personally, I wish I had more time to study her as I think she would have yielded numerous great photographs.
As one friend told me, this is a perfect example of a slice of life photograph. I am not sure if, during the Civil War, whether any of the persons who were involved in the war had the opportunity to sleep so comfortably on the battlefield. But, it certainly romanticizes the moment and the era. Don’t you wish guard duty was so simple ?
America’s Civil War pitted the Confederate Army from most southern states against the Federal Army from the nothern states. Besides being a war of ideology and interpretation of the Constitution it also placed families, friends and allies against each other – a social upheaval. That is just a synopsis, and as much as I could turn the entire post into a history lesson, that is not my intention.
I wanted to share an image I took at a Civil War Re-enactment held at Jamesville Beach over the course of the summer. A rag-tag group of Confederate soldiers had assembled for a briefing prior to going of to “war”. I caught this scene, “Boots of Valor”, while they were all assembled, receiving their instructions with the riffle boots all aligned. There was one officer who stood out as he was the only one standing at attention receiving orders. His attentiveness was also apparent in his posture. Can you guess which boots are his?
Anyway, I present to you “Boots of Valor”. Feel free to comment.
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