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Civil War Envelopes

ACWPatrioticEnvelopesNot having inherited any Civil War letters, and not knowing anyone who did, I found this cover of a new book on them pretty fascinating. I had no idea. Believe I’ll post this on my Knoxville 1863 novel’s site, as well, since one of the narrators of the story talks about having received a letter from home but having no paper or envelope to write back.

The novel’s site is drawing fewer visits (so far) than the one I’ve begun for the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Probably because the 13th still is relatively well known among ACW buffs, certainly compared to the novel’s subject, the Battle of Fort Sanders, which has been pretty much forgotten. But that may change by next spring when the sesquicentennial of the war begins and local interest catches fire as media mentions proliferate.

Terry’s Texas Rangers

rangers1This Civil War unit, part of Wheeler’s Cavalry, plays a role in “Knoxville 1863.”

Civil War reenactors

soldierACW reenactors are an interesting bunch, most often portraying Rebels. Their story is perhaps best told here–despite the author’s ignorance of history and regrettable air of liberal Yankee embarrassment. (It’s said that in Germany, where reenacting also is popular, you have to be Union for two years before you can be a Rebel. Elsewise they’d have no Union reenactors.)

But, wherever they are found, I dislike the Rebel reenactor’s usual odor of unreality. (See above.) Their clothes are too uniform and almost never patched or ragged, much less dirty. Their cap boxes and other accoutrements are too shiny. Moreover, their hair is too short and too clean and their beards (when they have them at all) aren’t scraggly. And, whoa, get this, they all are well shod. T’ain’t realistic t’ all.

UPDATE:  Playing at being Confederates is one thing. Playing at being Union Colored Troops is quite another. The latter are little known and therefore of immense educational value to anyone, whether interested in the war or not.