I don't know if I can describe what it is like to be a civil war reenactor. I think it is one of those things that you have to experience! Our group Coopers Battery B is light artillery and we have 2 cannons. We do alot of living history, which may be for a day or a weekend for a church, girlscouts, whoever may ask us. And then we do 2 big ones Gettysburg and Cedarcreek in Virginia. Events start in April and end in Novemeber with the parade in Gettyburg for the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
When we first arrive for an event we have to get all the tents set up the small A frames and the two big ones (cook tent and Captain's) We have a huge trailer that is packed full with everything. Luckily, we all pull together and everyone helps set it all up. People have no idea what is really involved in pretending you live in the 1800's! lol My hubby and I start the week before making our list and getting everything around. Our personal pick up truck is packed full back seat and bed. Cots, bedding, wooden table, chairs, candle lanterns, candles, uniform, dress, hoop, shoes, fake hair, and accesories, civilian clothes, baskets, food, coolers, batteries everything you can think of that will help you to portray a time when it was suppose to be simpler! Keep in mind everything that you take has to be to that period. Spectators come through the camps so everything in your tent or sitting around the camp has to be authentic or replicated to that time.