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Posted By: on: 08/15/2000 23:39:08 EDT
Subject: RE: Specialized Impressions: Do we need 'em?

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I say 'Yes!' As long as they are appropriate to the event and are kept within reason.

To clarify, I mean such impressions as the Sanitary Commission, Signal Corps and etc., in my opinion, only can add to events if they are done right. Now, of course, if someone shows up with a Vietnam War era boonie hat and jungle boots and waving a signal flag, then..., well, enough said. But overall, these are good types of impressions to have. They benefit both fellow reenactors and spectators, and can help generate interest.

By keeping them under control, I use as an example the 135th Gettysburg reenactment, where there were two George Custers (isn't one really bad enough, let alone two?), at least three R.E. Lee's, and surprisingly, Stonewall Jackson was there as well. Again, need I say more?

One thing to remember is that the specialized impressions do have to also be appropriate for the scenario reenacted. Case in point is that one would not expect to see the green-clad heathens known as the 1st and 2nd USSS at First Manassas, or the siege of Vicksburg, and so forth.

Let the debate begin, as I'm sure there are some out there who think quite the opposite.

JR

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