Civil War Battle Reenacted

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back and be a part of a historical event? Well, over one-hundred Civil War reenactors got that chance this weekend.

For the third year, Lost River Cave held it's Civil War Days event this weekend, giving you the chance to see just what a battle was like. firsthand.

"We're living history. The battle here," said James Franklin, a Civil War reenactor.

150 years ago, Lost River Cave was the ground where thousands of Civil War troops camped out.

"This was area to both Confederate and Union. The Confederates got here first," Franklin said.

Tennessee native James Franklin is helping reenact the Civil War battle.

He was once passionate about the military, but now he's now found something else he loves.

"I got out on a medical discharge and couldn't do the military thing anymore so I started doing the reenacting," Franklin said.

Franklin's son, Perry, is also getting involved in these battles. In fact, the battle on Saturday was his first.

He said reenacting is helping him experience history, though he did find it isn't as easy as it seems.

"My gun kept going off and it wouldn't stop," Perry Franklin said.

Brent Bazzell has been reenacting battles since 1992 and said he's gotten used to the noise.

"Earplugs definitely!" recommends Bazzell.

He's also gotten used to the costume, made of 100-percent wool, which can be a little warm in the summertime.

"When you first put it on you start sweating, but after awhile it cools you down for some reason," Bazzell explained.

But these men don't seem to mind. They're just enjoying reliving history for themselves and anyone else wanting a peek into the past.

"When everybody gets together at all these events, we all have one thing in common and that's the history and our love of history," James Franklin said.

An interesting fact to this story is that one of the reenactors interviewed, Brent Bazzell, was also in the Civil War movie, "Andersonville".

He said during the summer months reenactments slow down, but will pick back up in September.

As for the Civil War Days event, it continued on July 15, with another battle at 2 p.m.


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