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Reenactment: Reenactors part 2

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Jefferson, TX  (KNOE 8 News) - Civil War re-enactors come in all shapes and sizes...older men...and women...young boys and girls and everyone else in between.  So what makes these people tick?  Why does someone take up this rather expensive and time-consuming hobby?

First Sergeant Ted Brode: "I do it just to get out and have a good time.   I get to come out here, talk with people, meet people, things like that and of course, I get to teach."

These re-enactors really enjoy the camaraderie with their friends and they love this...being out in the thick of battle.

While the men dress in civil war uniforms, and carry guns and equipment from that era...young southern belles also are found in the re-enactment camps.

Christina Cummings: "The ladies have several outfits to choose from.  Usually in a camp situation you have a camp dress which is without the hoop, but if you are going out about town, usually every day has a hoop dress or a tea dress."

Others make the connection to their ancestors who served in the War Between the States.

Tyler Massey: "I had eight Confederate ancestors.  the Autrey house.  William Norris Autrey is the one I'm directly connected to.  He was my great, great, great, great grandfather."

The re-enactment my camera man, Michael Tuberville and I attended, was just north of Marshall,  Texas. 

Next time we'll take you to the Battle of Port Jefferson, an event that never actually happened, but could have if Union forces had not been turned back at the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana.

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