#19: The Fraternity of Reenactments

In Episode 19, we meet John Green. He’s the Captain of Company C in the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Never heard of it? How about those crazy guys who dress up in accurate time period clothing and do battle reenactments? THAT’S John! Join us as we talk to him about what goes wrong, how he was recruited, and where you can find their next big battle.

You can download this episode from your favorite podcast listening app or listen to it below. Check here for links and photos we talk about during the show!

Drink of the Day

Since whiskey, ale, and water aren’t the best Drinks of the Day for us, we still tried to stay true to the time period of drinks.  Enter Sioux City Sarsaparilla. It’s similar to a root beer taste, just make sure you drink it cold.

Guest Spotlight

This episode was full of surprises. From John’s age to little known history facts, we were shocked to really find the Russians doing their own reenactment of the American Civil War. Here’s the YouTube video:

There are several sources to find out more about the history and battles mentioned. Below is a list for your reference if any peaked your interest. The teacher in John would be thrilled to know if you did some research on your own!

  • Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Siege of Vicksburg, Missouri
  • Battle of Antietam, Maryland
  • Little Round Top, Gettysburg
  • Devil’s Den, Gettysburg
  • “Gettysburg of the West” or Battle of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico

Tickets for the Gettysburg Reenactment can be found here.  Price ranges from $35-90 for adults and $16-40 for kids depending on how many days you attend.

You can find John’s Company here, on Facebook here, and the application for recruitment here.

Sniper in Devil’s Den

Movie Madness

We know our podcast isn’t complete unless we reference at least one movie and we thank John for playing along in our movie trivia. Here’s the list mentioned:

  • Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton
  • Glory, starring Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick
  • The Civil War, TV Mini-Series documentary by Ken Burns
  • Sandlot, starring Patrick Renna and Tom Guiry
  • Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas
  • Role Models, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott
  • Psych, Season 1, Episode 5, “Weekend Warriors”, starring James Roday and Dule Hill
  • Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper
  • The Conspirator, starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright

Random Tidbits

We’re not all Jeopardy experts at trivia, but these contestants sure failed in the football category.

It’s a real thing people. The five-year-old was right: Abraham Lincoln’s last bowel movement is on display in the Gettysburg Dime Museum. Admission is $7, cash only. And if our random facts about bowel movements interest you, check out Survivor Winner Ben Driebergen’s advice on going to the bathroom in the ocean in Episode #12.

Thanks for joining us on this Episode.  Make sure you say “Hi!” to John if you make it up to Gettysburg!

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