Dexter, which is hosted by the good people of the 4th Michigan, is a relaxed event, and by "relaxed" I don't mean farby; I mean there is little pressure and little stress to be "on" all the time, and we, as reenactors, can have more opportunity to speak with the interested public. And there is more time for socializing with friends and neighbors, which can be really nice. If every event was high pressured, I believe it would take all the fun out of this hobby.
Then again, if all events were relaxed, that, too, would not be fun.
Dexter is a small town around 45 minutes from Detroit, and the folks who live there really appreciate what the reenactors do to help support their local historical society.
This will be another "every picture tells a story" posting, where I post a few photos with some commentary from the peanut gallery to accent.
|Here is the Civilian camp with Gordon Hall looming in the background.|
|The 21st Michigan's own Robert Beech resides as the resident photographer, taking tintypes and teaching folks about wet plate photography in general. The man is a master at his craft!|
|No, this is not a Robert Beech original: I took this photograph of Dave Tennies (aka Senator Howard of Michigan) and good friend Carolyn Paladino - both members of the 21st Michigan.|
|Now here are two finely dressed gentlemen of the 1860s, one of whom you already met. The other, veteran Civil War soldier Mr. Bucher (on the left), has been enjoying his time in the civilian world and even sews his own clothes!|
|Yes, even though it's not a major reenactment, there is still a skirmish between North & South. Here we find members of the 4th Michigan on the double-quick to fight a late-War battle.|
|Our Northern men are doing their best to keep the Rebels at bay. However...|
|...the boys in blue were far outnumbered and skedaddled back to the town where some Yankee-loving citizens hid them in their homes. The Confederates will have none of that, and went house-to-house a-searching for the blue coats|
|An obvious northern sympathizer (see her Mourning for Lincoln cockade?) trying to protect a soldier she was hiding.|
|A prisoner of war. Well, not to worry, because General Lee had already surrendered so the imprisonment shan't be too long I'm sure.|
There is always next year!
And next month!
Heck! Later this month!!
There are plenty more time-travel opportunities for those who want to.
By the way, this very same weekend found me swirling back in time even further...to the 1770s.
Stay tuned for next week's posting to read about that one!
Until then, see you next time in time!