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Private Matter12 Apr 2016 5:48 a.m. PST

The Anerican Civil War, the War Between the States, the War of Northern Aggression, or whatever you chose to call it began on this date when Southern troops opened fire on Fort Sumter.


A tragic time in American history but a boon to wargaming figure manufacturers.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2016 7:11 a.m. PST

Ah yes, the War of Rebellion.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2016 9:15 a.m. PST

How bout we call it… Stupidest. War. Ever.
But it is a good war to game…

Inkpaduta Inactive Member12 Apr 2016 10:13 a.m. PST

Stupidest War ever?

1) Effectively ends slavery in the United States
2) Keeps the United States together

Ah, I can think of dumber reasons to fight a war.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2016 10:40 a.m. PST

Inkpaduta, What I mean is: We should have never had to fight that war in the first place. We should have NEVER had our Country built on slavery. Look what our country went through during the war years. And today, it lingers still. Just look at this excuse for an Election year. I quit ACW reenacting because of all the racism. People thought "If I fight hard enough at this reenactment maybe the South can rise again", along with a lot harsher words. And I did Confederate Cav, because I'm a Southerner, but many, many times our unit did US troopers(because NOBODY else would) and we actually got spit at a few times. Sickening. Sorry for the confusion.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2016 11:02 a.m. PST

All wars are sad, many are necessary,all are best fought using model soldiers!

Private Matter12 Apr 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

I understand what you mean Ceterman and agree. As a Civil War reenactor I have seen some of the racism to which you refer. I find it very disheartening but I also confront it head on when I hear some butt-munch talking that excrement. Racism and prejudice still exist but have taken on different forms for the most part. Unfortunately that is a negative trait commonly found across the globe when humans deal with other humans who are different than they are. And I do think that Herkybird is correct in his statement although wars only become necessary when someone does something completely unnecessary.

I prefer my wars conducted in scales below 28mm.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2016 2:22 p.m. PST

Private Matter, I agree with Inkpaduta, Herkeybird & you too. BTW, I still do WW1 reenactments. Everybody's welcome & everybody dies!

Inkpaduta Inactive Member12 Apr 2016 7:56 p.m. PST

Understand Ceterman and I totally agree.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2016 9:16 a.m. PST

I think we should do Zardoz reenactment--but who could afford the Flying Head?

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 6:48 a.m. PST

Just about every reenacting period has its "Lost-Cause Psychotics". Not all of them on the field, but, as mentioned, those in the audience. The "Brothers Daniel" did field medicine and "talking head petting zoo" medical displays on the Confederate side for several years. Most of our fellow Rebels were of a relatively reasonable disposition, but the racist "rise-agin'ers" made up for any reasonableness.

uglyfatbloke29 Apr 2016 2:50 p.m. PST

Being Scottish I was n't aware of this re-enactor racism stuff…very, very saddened to hear of it, but the ACW does make for great wargames.

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