Monday, October 13, 2008

Civil War Days 2008

Hello everybody. Well, we didn't make it to Civil War Days on Saturday, so I took Michael out there yesterday. It was a little too warm for my taste, and I know the actors must have been miserable in their costumes. It got up to about 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.
I ended up taking about 300 pictures while we were out there!
It kind of aggrivated me that this takes place right beside one of our main roads, so there were a lot of cars in my pictures! :( The ones that didn't have any "modern conveniences" in frame, I tried to do as antique.
This guy got so close during the re-enactment, that I had to almost lie flat on my back to get far enough away to get a good shot of him.
This gentleman was portraying Frederick Douglass. He had a picture of the real Frederick Douglass in the tent where he was speaking, and the resemblance is remarkable!
These guys were in the shade of a tent playing music. The gentleman to the right, holding his hat was playing a flute until I tried to get the shot!

This was the Confederate side. One of the actors actually got injured during the re-enactment. His gun misfired and sparks went into his eyes. They took him away in the ambulance.
I hope he's okay. I did my best to get a shot of the cannons while they were firing, but I could never tell which one would be next to go off, so I just kept my camera aimed at one and kept watching them, with my finger on the button, ready to go.
This is the Union side. It was a little harder to get good pics of them from where I was sitting. I couldn't get shots of their cannons at all.
This is when they were marching down to the battlefield. Michael and I were just looking around, on our way down to the "saloon" to get some sodas to drink.
This soldier was getting ready for the battle.
This was also when they were on their way to the battlefield. It's the same group as a couple pictures up.
This old camera still works. The gentleman was taking tintypes of the actors, but none of the spectators. He was getting ready to put everything away when we were down there.
This is one of the pics he took. He said the process he has to use, which is the same process as they used back in the day, is what makes the pictures look this way. They were really cool!
This gentleman was speaking to a group of spectators in a tent, but I didn't stop there to listen.
This gentleman was at a tent that primarily had movie props as well as some authentic items. There were some clothes that were used in the movie GoneWith The Wind. There were old guns, badges, buffalo coats and military helmets.
This is just a cannon being hauled down to the Confederate side of the battlefield.

These two cannons were on the Union side of the battlefield. I had a good time. I have never been to Civil War Days before, and next year is their 20 year anniversary.


Steven said...

Lisa, if I And this will be the first time to leave the first comment on your blog really worth. Here I will step-story very interesting and attractive - as well as still photos of rich detail-greeting Steven May

Susie said...

I use to live in Kennesaw, GA and they use to do this there. It was a good way to learn a lot about the civil war. I use to run through the parks there. It always amazed me to know part of the war was fought there. The old bunkers are still there and of course monuments to the war are there.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Hi again Lisa

I visited the Civil Wars here in town once about four or five years ago, of course our place is so close that the cannons and shooting are pretty loud here when the wind is blowing in the right direction. I will have to dig some pics out from that. I was terrified the virtations from the canons were going to shatter my camera lenses!!!!!!! I don't think they would but boy those things really pack a wallop LOL. I saw an Abraham Lincoln lookalike which I thought was pretty accurate, we will have to ask Abe for his consensus LOL, after all who would know better than he?

On the pictures in your blog. When you post you cannot move the pictures around to fit the text or you will lose the link to make them bigger, in other words, I always post all the photos I want in my blog and then enter the text where I want it to be in between so I am not physically moving the photos. Don't know why it works like that. I alsways size my pictures 640 pixels on the longest size so the thumbnail on the blog page is smaller than when you click on it to see the larger version. I discovered this a ways back.

Hope to talk soon and I have enjoyed viewing all your pictures, a diverse group for sure.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Lovely pictures.

It's been unusually warm here too the past few days.

Thanks for the visit tonite. Glad to know mom is doing better!!!


Rick said...

Lisa, the event looks like a lot of interesting fun. The Fedrick Douglas guy.. wow!

I just noticed that you signed up to be a follower of my blog. I am honored, but I fear that I am lost, and since I won't stop and ask for directions, I'm thinking you shouldn't be following. Thanks for your blogging friendship.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

So who won? lol!

Seriously - great photos as usual: you really know how to frame your subject. As you say - shame they didn't do it further from the road, but still a great account of the day :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

You did a great job on those photos. I see what you mean on some. The road and cars. You could PhotoShop those things out on most.

I've never been to a reenactment. I should go, I had several ancestors killed in the Civil War, on both side.

fishing guy said...

Lisa: All I can say is outstanding shots, what a trip.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Lisa, Living in Virginia and on the Civil War trail there are lots of enactments and round tables around here. In fact, my neighbors horse has been used in them as he is an exact look alike of Gen. Bobby Lee's horse. :) Lynn

nikkicrumpet said...

My hubby would have gone crazy...he's such a history buff! It looks like a good time...I love all the costumes...some of those guys looked serious!!

About Town Photos said...

Lisa, my apologies for not leaving a comment on my first visit. But I'm back again now. I found your photos of the Civil War Day really interesting. On another day I aim to return and study each shot in more detail. Likewise for the remainder of Lisa's Spot. There is so much content here, I will be returning constantly. I have never been to the 'States but I feel certain that I will feel the history and learn much about your country from your blog. I hope that you can learn something about 'the land of OZ' as well. See you soon (or at least your blog). Regards, Noel

Abraham Lincoln said...

Holy Toledo. Nice photography. I never saw so many Civil War photos taken by someone I know even if it is a virtual kind of acquaintance. LOL

Nice post.

Merle said...

Dear Lisa ~~ Great post and photos and I am glad yyou enjoyed the re-enactment of
the civil war. Thank you so much for your comments and I am glad you liked the pics of my flowers and the little dogs. The Beaking News was a funny little e mail so it doesn't matter who sent it. I often get duplicate e mails.
I hope you are having a great week almost at the end of it. They go so quickly. Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Jimmy "Handi" Warner said...

Nice pictures.

What type of camera does your husband have to take these pictures, I was sitting beside a gentelman at the reenactment that had a Descent size Lense, on a Nikon D100 or D200.

I myself have a D40x 10.2MP Nikon with just the Regular 18-55 Lense.

I live in hartford city myself, just wondering!

Fugazi said...

Great post Lisa. And such amazing pictures. This must have been like a feast for the photographers around... Take care.:))

raccoonlover1963 said...
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raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Jimmy. I took the pics. My camera is a Canon EOS D30. I used a 70-300 mm lens.

Middle Ditch said...

I gather that you had a most enjoyable day. I just love that old camera and the pictures it took. What a good idea to do that.

Interesting post Lisa, we don't have anything like that here.

Nancy said...

I have some of those old tin type photos from my grandmother. She was born in 1887 so they are really old! I just recently found old postcards with 1-cent stamps on them! That's how she and her sisters used to keep in touch was by sending postcards to one another.

A great history lesson actually visualize, more or less, a battle like when it took place years ago.

(((((( HUGS ))))))