Friday, May 29, 2015

Civil War Reenactment - The other surgeron

The surgeon and his nurse. When I asked if I could take his photo, he said Yes, but I am still in my underwear...the white pants and shirt go under the uniform.. they had every thing from saws and knives to forceps for delivering a baby. He assured me they used chloroform but had to be careful since it can be deadly.

Above is the wooden chest of medicines and below are blood cups. They built a tiny fire on the skin, placed the cup over and the vacuum sucked blood. YIKES. another way other than using leeches. He had a supply of those. I did not check to see if they were LIVING..

Above, Pat with the nurse.. and the fully stocked surgeons chest

Formaldehyde, double syringe to put two bottles like this in the body, the coffin with the Label on it, to write all the info on where to ship it home.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Civil War Reenactment - The Women

Women were a very important part of the war..they took care of the families left behind without the men, they worked as nurses and even as spies. Over four hundred women  dressed as men and went to war.

The ladies in their pretty dresses were in the buildings to answer any questions.  Above and below OOPS! fans? electric fans?
They said the dresses were cool because of the hoops holding them out.
I am just happy I did not live back then.

Above was a female soldier that marched with the men. She said there were women who carried the flag, and marched with the soldiers. I have never heard this and was unable to verify it.

When the soldiers searched the buildings, these ladies argued with them.
the one in the center said to the soldier in her garden, "are you taking our food to? you already have our silver" and he replied "everything here is the property of the United States of America'...

Pat, a modern day woman, held the flag out for me...we were dressed for the 90 degree weather in capri's and t-shirts. One of the ladies in the house , said to us  "What are you doing in public in your bloomers?"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Civil War Reenactment - The Oath

We watched as the company marched down the middle of the street and into the other part of the park.

They were called to attention and given their orders to find every man and take him to the courthouse to sign the allegiance form..

and to search all buildings for Judah P. Benjamin

(I felt much better when one of the soldiers whispered this Southern Belle, "Don't worry, they will not find him, he escaped to England and became an attorney." He laughed when I yelled YAY!)