The Battle of Middleburg was reenacted recently and got some coverage in the local paper.
The Battle was between Gen JEB Stuart and Union General David Gregg as Stuart tried to protect Lee’s flank on the long march to Gettysburg.
It was for three days (June 17-19, 1863) and the Union lost 350 men to the Rebels’ 40 losses. Most experts call the engagement a draw or “inconclusive” but as it assisted Lee’s journey northward, the Confederates considered it a victory.
And just like the reenactment of the Battle of Unison last autumn, there were very few reenactors present.
But we will take what we can get, huh?
I was up in Pennsylvania this past weekend and drove through Gettysburg.
They are busy making preparations for the hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the monumental battle. And there are posters up throughout the region of southern Pennsylvania inviting all the re-enactors to come and join in the fun.
Unfortunately, I have to be working next week and I won’t be able to make it up there. I’ve been all over the battlefield years ago and know of so many areas of conflict that it will take thousands of re-enactors to pull off anything visually arresting, at any of the locations.
And this morning there was a small troop of Confederate re-enactors moving through Loudoun County en route to the historic battleground at Gettysburg.
I would imagine that though most of the soldiers will drive closer to the scene of action, I know there are a lot of historically-minded people who prefer to really get into the sense of the times: marching hundreds of miles in ninety-plus temperatures before the exertion of battle.
Ah, if only I was a decade (or two!) younger…
Having been a re-enactor when younger, I know what that is like and yet it is still so far from the reality of the action in 1863.
It makes me glad to think of it at a century plus remove from our world.
If that was only true for other parts of the world as well.