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KSU Press author Bradley Keefer speaks on Civil War re-enactment in New York Times article

Jul 30th, 2018

Kent State University Press author Bradley Keefer gets the last word in this New York Times article regarding the uncertain future of Civil War re-enactors.

Interest in the battlefield experiences of Civil War soldiers was fueled by cinematic hits, like the 1989 Oscar-winning film “Glory” and “Gettysburg,” a 1993 release that ran over four hours long. (Hundreds of re-enactors were cast as extras.)

But in the last decade or so, the crowds at large scale re-enactments have dwindled. Longtime hobbyists are aging out and retiring — soldiers in their 50s and 60s filled much of the camp at Gettysburg — and younger people aren’t marching onto mock battlefields in nearly the same numbers.

Read more about The Decline of the Civil War Re-enactor.

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