Civil War reenacting is always fun to watch. It's educational, exciting, and fun for the spectators. For the reenactors it is relationships, hard word, and sometimes exhausting as it was at Huntington Beach this year with temperatures and humidity that brought down even the young and strong. Despite that the chance to build encampments, eat food prepared over an open fire, get dirty, leave the razor at home, and generally be a big kid for the weekend is very appealing for my husband. We are part of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry under the Frontier Army of the West. My husband dresses out and participates in the battles, and I am always looking for a great spot with good light and not too many people in the background to capture the action. My goal is to make my images look as authentic as possible which can be tricky with so many people enjoying the activity. For the most part, I think I succeeded. There are a few shots of our group that I wanted despite the crowd in the background, however, turning them to sepia tone helped make the spectators less obvious. I've posted 294 images!!! Yes, I know that's a lot, but do take the time to skim through page by page stopping at the ones that catch your eye. I've included lots of battle scenes, individuals, ladies tea, and camp images. By the way, the ladies of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry put on a fantastic ladies tea every year. If I weren't busy capturing the moments, I would be in there with the rest of the women enjoying scones, finger sandwiches, fresh strawberries, and this year ice cream! If you haven't attended a Civil War reenactment, I encourage you wholeheartedly to come on out and enjoy the experience. They are generally very inexpensive or free and there is something for everyone to enjoy, including the kids. Watch the battles, walk through the camps, talk to the soldiers, and visit the sutlers (shop keepers). You will leave the event feeling as if you've taken part in a little bit of history and you have. As always all the images posted here are available for purchase as web res downloads for $2.99. For prints you would like to purchase, contact me and I'll give you pricing. I'll see you at the next reenactment!