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Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors

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Some 150 years on, interest in the American Civil War (1861–65) is at an all-time high, no more so than among the thousands of people across the United States and Europe who participate in reenactments. They leave their jobs and homes behind to become battle-weary soldiers, courageous generals, dedicated nurses and even eager newspaper reporters, adopting not only the clothes of the era, but also the language, mannerisms and food. In Battlefields of Honor, Mark Elson’s expressive images, themselves evoking the ...
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Overview


Some 150 years on, interest in the American Civil War (1861–65) is at an all-time high, no more so than among the thousands of people across the United States and Europe who participate in reenactments. They leave their jobs and homes behind to become battle-weary soldiers, courageous generals, dedicated nurses and even eager newspaper reporters, adopting not only the clothes of the era, but also the language, mannerisms and food. In Battlefields of Honor, Mark Elson’s expressive images, themselves evoking the look and style of nineteenth-century photographs, capture the painstaking attention to detail that goes into such reenactments. Exploring such themes as the meticulous choreography frequently involved in the restaging of battles, the role women played in the conflict, and the behind-the-scenes work of artisans responsible for crafting replica uniforms, weaponry and utensils, this is a fascinating documentary essay on the men and women who feel an intense, often personal connection to a monumental period in America’s past.
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Elson's images are genuinely beautiful. The feel of authenticity is never less than impressive — Amateur Photographer

Fresh and illuminating photography and insightful and engaging text — James Lighthizer, President Civil War Trust, Washington D.C

Captures the drama and pageantry of restaging battles — Huffington Post

Mark Elson's expressive images, themselves evoking the look and style of nineteenth-century photographs, capture the attention to detail that goes into such re-enactments — Sir Read A Lot Reviews Books

If not for the title of the book, I would have thought I was gazing into the richly colored past, such are the quality and beauty of the photographs … simply stunning — AmoXcalli

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858945781
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers, LTD
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


MARK ELSON is a Los Angeles-based photographer and film-maker who specializes in wet-plate processes.

JEANNINE STEIN has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and has written for major daily newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of two books on book arts.

JAMES LIGHTHIZER is President of the Civil War Trust.

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