What can I say? I know people who love this period because its historical significance. Some go to Civil war battle reenactments, there may be local or familial ties or just a healthy interest, nothing wrong in that.
Anyone who had the opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg can tell you that visiting a reenactment it’s probably the best way to get a real feel for history. I, however, cannot see much value in having townships reenacting Civil war battles year after year. These people, unlike the people working in historical museums like Colonial Williamsburg ( http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/discover/ )are not actors or have a history background, they are average Joes and Janes exploring this period of American history. So what’s wrong with that?
I would have to say it’s the negative fervor some bring to their efforts–to them it’s more than history but the catalyst for what they claim is wrong with America today; to them the battle cry “the south all rise again” is alive and something that if the opportunity arose, they would fight for and die for. I can go on about this but it’s a complex topic. All I can say is that I belong to the “History is alive” camp but when it comes to the Civil war we should stop trying to reanimate that corpse–It’s Ok if we bring flowers to the grave once in a while and then move on but let Dixie’s embers go cold as they should–we are a UNION now and forever.