Let’s talk about the similarity first. Both a reenactor and a revisionist are fascinated by the past and believe it contains power to help shape the future. The chances are good that either of these two types grew up in a family where museums were valued more than television and where out-of-doors experiences were seen as preferable. But surprises happen, too, including the pudgy young person who turns into an athletic adult and becomes a serious reenactor.
Reenacting the American Civil War is not a hobby only in the United States. Here, volunteers at the American Museum in Bath, England, put on a demonstration.