Reenactors get ready in Carlisle

Posted: February 18, 2013

CARLISLE, Pa. - To the uninitiated observer there is something a little disorienting about being in a room with 300-odd years worth of living military history reenactors, where full-dress French and Indian War militia rub shoulders with World War II German Wehrmacht soldiers, as a World War I British soldier trades tips about where to buy boots with a Russian Army paratrooper.

A glance around the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle at Saturday's reenactor recruitment event shows a lot of fresh, young faces wearing uniforms of all types.

With the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg around the corner, historical reenacting has an opportunity to reinvigorate itself as events pique interest in the nation's history.

The hobby is expensive, (a full-dress uniform with equipment can easily run several thousands dollars) and time consuming.

It begs the question: Why bother?

"If you really want to learn history, there is a world of difference between reading a book and putting on a uniform," said John Gildersleeve, of Winchester Va.

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