Civil War Losers Brigade Rebels Against Paperwork

Filed in National by on April 21, 2018

Get your shit together racists.

Confederate re-enactors get shut out of Dover Days Festival


DOVER — One side of the Civil War’s combatants won’t be represented at the 85th annual Dover Days Festival this year, but hopes to tell its story again in 2019.

Since the Mason-Dixon Guards Camp 2183 couldn’t confirm its nonprofit status to Kent County Tourism Corporation’s specifications, the Confederate re-enactors weren’t permitted to take part without registering instead as a vendor.

That wouldn’t work for the Ellendale-based organization, according to Camp Commander Robert Eldreth, since the living history area needed could not fit into the asphalt area that organizers offered for the May 5 event.

“Our display was not conducive to what was being offered,” Mr. Eldreth said. “There would be no place for the tents and everything that comes with the camp scene, so being in a vendor spot wasn’t possible.”

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  1. Alby says:

    Golly, what a shame. Now people will just have to use their imaginations to find a bunch of white losers fighting for their right to stop progress. Oh, wait…

  2. Dan says:

    Wait a minute, can you necessarily ascribe Confederate beliefs or sympathy to the people playing the Confederates in Civil War reenactments? I always figured these things were about as political as a Renaissance Faire.

  3. Jason330 says:

    Back when everyone bought the Southern BS about the war maybe.

    But I get your point. I was actually back and forth a little on calling them racists but ended up thinking that yes – if your hobby is going around upholding Southern honor – you are a racist.

    If you want to be a civil war buff, fine. If you really want to represent the south put yourself in chains and tie yourself to a tree.

  4. Alby says:

    “can you necessarily ascribe Confederate beliefs or sympathy to the people playing the Confederates in Civil War reenactments? ”

    Last time I checked there were Union re-enactors out there. Are you suggesting that people who sympathize with the North would rather portray someone on the Southern side? I’m afraid I’ll have to ask for some evidence of such people before I swallow that codswallop.

  5. Dan says:

    Well, someone has to play the bad guy in order for the Union re-enactors to do their thing, right?

    I’ve only known two actual re-enactors: neighbors of about 20 years ago. Travelled all over the country to do this. They were eccentric and much more interested in the minutia and details of the uniforms and other aspects of the material culture, along with accurately re-enacting the quotidian aspects of camp life like cooking, than they were in the political history or even the military science. I have no idea what side they played, though, or whether it was fixed or changed from battle to battle.

    But my guess is, if the roles are fixed and those neighbors lived in or moved to an area where the only “brigade” was devoted to portraying the other side, they’d still have joined. I’m afraid that’s all the evidence I can provide.

    Edited to add: What do you know, from 1992 to 2002 Denmark had Civil War re-enactments with only a Confederate side, so I guess it can be done:

  6. Alby says:

    Dan: I guess such eccentrics are the core of the corps, then?

    Most people I know who study the South in the Civil War have ancestors who fought on that side. My kids have ancestors who fought on that side. But I think you have to have some sympathy to want to do it, even if it’s just of the “product of their times” sort. That’s still sympathy.

    The Renaissance Faire might be more popular if they re-enacted the War of the Roses.

  7. RE Vanella says:

    Maybe they can get tank commander costumes and drive panzers into Smryna.

    Somebody’s got to do it….

  8. RE Vanella says:

    URL speaks for itself …

  9. puck says:

    Perhaps the Confederate re-enactors could re-enact the surrender at Appomattox, or stand at attention for a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln’s second inaugural address and salute the Lincoln re-enactor.

  10. jason330 says:

    Also…If they convince a bunch of African American buddies to chain themselves up, wear rags, and stand around to be berated and abused, that would add some authenticity.

  11. RSE says:

    Our class went on a field trip to Gettysburg back in middle school. I’m trying to see if Ia can picture what I remember of the Union reenactors charging and riding and shooting at absolutely nothing.

    It’s called a “historical reenactment”, so I guess it all depends on the level of historical accuracy you prefer.

  12. jason330 says:

    I like the level of historical accuracy that doesn’t downplay or diminsh slavery. The very level of historical accuracy, in other words, that Confederate dressup guys hate.

  13. RE Vanella says:

    I want to be Sherman. Somebody’s gotta do it. Uncle Billy founded Antifa I’m pretty sure.

  14. RE Vanella says:

    “so I guess it all depends on the level of historical accuracy you prefer.”

    Fucking genius. You nailed it. Literally never occurred to me. Historical accuracy. It’s an educational exercise. I see.

  15. RSE says:

    “Historical reenactment”, sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

  16. jason330 says:

    Yes. With all of the historical accuracy they can muster without mentioning that the “cause” they are so devoted to was the continuation of slavery.

    Expressing the true story of Southern history; preserving Delaware’s role in the War Between the States. An estimated 2,000 Delawareans went South to defend the rights of Southerners During the War between the States. We are helping to tell their story.

    Company Overview
    Facebook page dedicated to outreach with our compatriots in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our SCV camp is based in Kent County, DE and we are one of two active camps in the state of Delaware.

    Our charge from General Stephen Dill Lee (1906) “To you Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.”

  17. RE Vanella says:

    It explains a lot, yeah. It’s all there, really.

  18. RSE says:

    Those reenactments are boring anyway, even when there are two sides. I can only imagine what a snooze fest a one sided reenactment will be.

  19. Jason330 says:

    Convincing a bunch of African American buddies to chain themselves up, wear rags, and stand around to be berated and abused would spice it up, and make it more historically accurate.