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Civil War Reenacting, how to start, what to buy, how to find a good unit (Union or Confederate), publications and books to read. Also Medical reenacting; same as above.

Experience in the area

Began reenacting in 1996 with the Stonewall Brigade as an Infantry Reenactor, transistioned to Medical in 2000.


Co D 27th Virginia Volunteer Infantry (Stonewall Brigade) CSA
Society of Civil War Surgeons


Wrote 2 Battlefield Tour Guides for Antietam and Fredericksburg for the US Marine Corps, currently in the Warfighting labratory in Quantico.


Extensive study on the arms, equipment and daily life of the Civil War Soldier; have a personal library of over 200 books, and the "Official Records of the War of the Rebellion" on CD. Also have numerous books on Civil War Medicine, including period books. Currently a volunteer at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md

Awards and Honors

27th Virginia Infantry "Infantry Rookie of the Year" 1997

What do you like about this subject?

I love being a Reenactor! Both Medical and Infantry. The people you meet and the things you learn make it all worthwhile.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to continue my medical studies of the 19th Century

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

More men died from Disease than were killed by Enemy fire on BOTH sides of the war.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Reenactors are natural hams....if you don't like talking to the general public, then stay out of this hobby.

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Recent Answers from Jason Grabill

2013-01-30 Is WWII reenacting questionably illegal:

Jim:       Thing is, with 18 USC 704, as I recall, there also has to be an 'intent' to deceive.   It would be different if you guys were running around claiming to be WWII vets, earned awards, etc.   As

2011-07-14 John Call Dalton privet autobiography:

Jamie:       I am not a 'book expert' by any means.   I did a quick google and found some information:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Call_Dalton    (Not much but certainly interesting)    Condition

2011-03-10 Civil War Deserters:

Mary Jo:       Desertion, even at this early stage of the war, was a HUGE problem on both sides, and officers were encouraged to try and get the men to come back to their units by any means available,

2010-09-27 Sign up paper and dismissal papers:

The records will likely be minimal for the most part.  Sometimes you get a huge pile, other times, not much at all.  You might also try searching for state records, which will offtimes be more complete

2010-07-21 Union regiment to join:

Hi Terry....no, I'm afraid I don't know of any units down thataway.  Have you checked the Civil War News?  They usually have a huge amount of ads in the back.   I think you can still get a free 3 month


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