Civil War Reenacting in Pop Culture
This list will be actively updated as a resource for reenactment portrayed in popular culture. This is not an exhaustive list of every place that Civil War reenactment has been portrayed, but we will update the content any time that reenacting is featured in a movie, television show, book, article or other media. Please feel free to write in the comments any that we've missed and we'll be sure to update the listing.
Some content portrays reenactors in a positive light, some in a negative and some portrayals are completely off the wall. All of these examples below have been distributed for public consumption and have helped to form some of the opinions regarding Civil War reenactment.
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Movies and Television
2016 - When to Die - Old Glory Productions
When to Die is a documentary film that seeks to understand how the Civil War still resonates with the American public 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War. The film is set for release Fall 2016. To follow When to Die on Facebook or Twitter, follow the links here:
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama - Touchstone Pictures
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy that features a prominent role of Civil War reenacting. Watch the trailer below for the comedic scene portraying reenactors.
2013-Conan O'Brien- Conan Becomes a Civil War Reenactor
Conan O'Brien brings his late night comedy routine out to the battlefield. Check out this sketch of Conan trying his hand at reenacting.
2009-CONAN O'BRIEN- CONAN Plays old fashioned baseball
Although not directly about civil war reenacting, Conan's sketch of him playing 1864 baseball is worth the time to watch the video.
2012 - Key and Peele - Key and Peele Episode 2.1
Key and Peele are a sketch comedy duo and one of Comedy Central's most recent rising stars. They are known for a type of comedy that is meant to poke fun at stereotypes that are generally taboo in popular culture. For more examples of their comedy, follow this link to their Comedy Central page: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/6cv74p/key-and-peele-confederate-reenactors
2016 - Vice - Vice Does America
Vice is relatively new on the scene. Their journalistic style is geared toward the Millennial generation. They connect with a diverse audience and is seen as one of the standouts in a crowded field of emerging new media. They dedicate a large portion of one of their episodes of a popular show, Vice Does America, to Civil War reenacting.
Follow this link for access to the full episode: http://www.vice.com/read/clashing-with-confederate-loving-civil-war-reenactors
Video courtesy of Vice
2014 - House of Cards - Season 2 Episode 5
Below is the teaser for Season 2 of the Netflix original series, House of Cards. This series is a highly critically acclaimed political drama. Civil War reenacting is prominently displayed in Season 2 Episode 5. You can catch glimpses of the reenactment scene is this trailer. This is a great series and may just be worth a Netflix subscription.
Confederates in the Attic
By Tony Horwitz
The most widely read account of Civil War reenactment, Confederates in the Attic is highly controversial within Civil War reenacting. For all of the controversy surrounding this piece, the author, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been the recipient of wide ranging critical success. The book has achieved great commercial success and is a New York Times best selling book.
War Games: Inside the World of Twentieth Century War Reenactors
by Jenny Thompson
Reliving the Civil War: A Reenactor's Handbook
By: Robert Lee Hadden
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04/13/2016 - Atlas Obscura
1/08/2015 - The New York Times
4/27/2014 - THE WEEK
05/30/2013 - Wired Magazine
05/08/2011 - Salon
01/18/2011 - The Atlantic
7/03/2010 - Time Magazine
Satirical First-Person Portrayals
By Colin Nissant
Dispatches from Civil War Reenactments
Dispatch #1: Drill and Training Days, Norton, Massachusetts.
By Ben Shattuck