David Paul Davenport
       
     
      THUMBNAIL GALLERY    Born of ill-informed misconceptions about the motives behind reenactments of the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary, my interest developed in the mentality of the weekend actors who caravan a web of routes to re-perform the actions of war on surrogate battlefields.  My initial contact with a re-enactor involved driving through woods on a golf cart, while the driver wept and recounted the stories of all his ancestors killed or wounded in conflicts dating to the Civil War.  I have since learned that the motivations compelling re-enactors are incalculably complex, but generally address themselves to the preservation of history and appropriate honor for the fallen.       My deeper curiosity and exploration began after hearing a re-enactor say "I don't die anymore." I learned that he invoked this privilege on the strength of his years of service in the community.  But the idea of controlling one's death, choosing when and where to perform and re-perform one's demise, says something powerful about our relation to historical representation—about our need for it, and about its conditions and limitations.  These portraits provide a sense of the diversity of actors existing in this community, many of whom devote their lives to this performance, and strive to immortalize them in a fabricated state of tranquility as they hover above the ground they fight for. 
       
     
Rusty Dyles
       
     
Matt Meeker
       
     
Matthew Grason
       
     
Dan Traver
       
     
Marc Hoffman
       
     
Charles Kreger
       
     
Daniel Kreger
       
     
Michael Kreger
       
     
Chris W. Johnson
       
     
Jamey Wentzky
       
     
Travis Earley
       
     
Whitney Miller
       
     
Jerad Koepp
       
     
Ian Dillinger
       
     
Ed “Doc” Keith
       
     
Ed “Doc” Keith
       
     
Trevor Turner
       
     
Alex Hall
       
     
Mark McNierney
       
     
Ben Schaffer
       
     
Sarah Berry
       
     
Rick Sampson
       
     
Berlin Owen
       
     
Bryce Kuykendall
       
     
David W. Funk
       
     
James Funk
       
     
Dustan “Pinky” Horrell
       
     
Jason Corder
       
     
John Wingo
       
     
Keith Rogers
       
     
Buddy Cook
       
     
Kyle Wichtendahl
       
     
Steven Kennerly
       
     
Becky “Will” Mezzanotte
       
     
Randon Thomas
       
     
Russell Marchand
       
     
Sean Paul
       
     
Kyle Killian
       
     
David Paul Davenport
       
     
David Paul Davenport

2nd United States Battery D
Died 177 Times

 

      THUMBNAIL GALLERY    Born of ill-informed misconceptions about the motives behind reenactments of the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary, my interest developed in the mentality of the weekend actors who caravan a web of routes to re-perform the actions of war on surrogate battlefields.  My initial contact with a re-enactor involved driving through woods on a golf cart, while the driver wept and recounted the stories of all his ancestors killed or wounded in conflicts dating to the Civil War.  I have since learned that the motivations compelling re-enactors are incalculably complex, but generally address themselves to the preservation of history and appropriate honor for the fallen.       My deeper curiosity and exploration began after hearing a re-enactor say "I don't die anymore." I learned that he invoked this privilege on the strength of his years of service in the community.  But the idea of controlling one's death, choosing when and where to perform and re-perform one's demise, says something powerful about our relation to historical representation—about our need for it, and about its conditions and limitations.  These portraits provide a sense of the diversity of actors existing in this community, many of whom devote their lives to this performance, and strive to immortalize them in a fabricated state of tranquility as they hover above the ground they fight for. 
       
     

 

THUMBNAIL GALLERY

Born of ill-informed misconceptions about the motives behind reenactments of the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary, my interest developed in the mentality of the weekend actors who caravan a web of routes to re-perform the actions of war on surrogate battlefields.  My initial contact with a re-enactor involved driving through woods on a golf cart, while the driver wept and recounted the stories of all his ancestors killed or wounded in conflicts dating to the Civil War.  I have since learned that the motivations compelling re-enactors are incalculably complex, but generally address themselves to the preservation of history and appropriate honor for the fallen.     

My deeper curiosity and exploration began after hearing a re-enactor say "I don't die anymore." I learned that he invoked this privilege on the strength of his years of service in the community.  But the idea of controlling one's death, choosing when and where to perform and re-perform one's demise, says something powerful about our relation to historical representation—about our need for it, and about its conditions and limitations.  These portraits provide a sense of the diversity of actors existing in this community, many of whom devote their lives to this performance, and strive to immortalize them in a fabricated state of tranquility as they hover above the ground they fight for. 

Rusty Dyles
       
     
Rusty Dyles

21st North Carolina
Died 108 Times

Matt Meeker
       
     
Matt Meeker

3rd Arkansas Company D
Died 122 Times

Matthew Grason
       
     
Matthew Grason

7th South Carolina
Died 256 Times

Dan Traver
       
     
Dan Traver

34th North Carolina Company H
Died 92 Times (has never survived a battle)

Marc Hoffman
       
     
Marc Hoffman

66th Ohio Company I
Died 112 Times

Charles Kreger
       
     
Charles Kreger

2nd Maryland Company A
Died 22 Times

Daniel Kreger
       
     
Daniel Kreger

2nd Maryland Company A
Died 22 Times

Michael Kreger
       
     
Michael Kreger

2nd Maryland Company A
Died 110 Times

Chris W. Johnson
       
     
Chris W. Johnson

1st South Carolina Sharpshooters
Died 6 Times

Jamey Wentzky
       
     
Jamey Wentzky

2nd South Carolina Rifles
Died 76 Times

Travis Earley
       
     
Travis Earley

7th Virginia
Died 4 Times

Whitney Miller
       
     
Whitney Miller

39th North Carolina
Died 6 Times

Jerad Koepp
       
     
Jerad Koepp

2nd United States Sharpshooters Company D
Died 26 Times

Ian Dillinger
       
     
Ian Dillinger

Died 45 Times
(has died twice in one battle)
 

Ed “Doc” Keith
       
     
Ed “Doc” Keith

54th Massachusetts / 4th New Hampshire
Died 148 Times

Ed “Doc” Keith
       
     
Ed “Doc” Keith

54th Massachusetts / 4th New Hampshire
Died 148 Times
 

Trevor Turner
       
     
Trevor Turner

24th Georgia
Died 5 TImes

Alex Hall
       
     
Alex Hall

34th North Carolina Company H
Died 7 Times

Mark McNierney
       
     
Mark McNierney

1st Pennsylvania Reserve Company K
Died 211 Times

Ben Schaffer
       
     
Ben Schaffer

10th Confederate Calvary
Died 36 Times

Sarah Berry
       
     
Sarah Berry

10th Confederate Calvary
Died 1 Time

Rick Sampson
       
     
Rick Sampson

66th Ohio Company I
Died 31 Times

Berlin Owen
       
     
Berlin Owen

2nd South Carolina Volunteers
Died 425 Times

Bryce Kuykendall
       
     
Bryce Kuykendall

3rd United States Artillery
Died 512 Times

David W. Funk
       
     
David W. Funk

13th Virginia Infantry, Company H
Died 207 Times

James Funk
       
     
James Funk

13th Virginia Infantry, Company H
Died 116 TImes

Dustan “Pinky” Horrell
       
     
Dustan “Pinky” Horrell

7th South Carolina
Died 9 Times

Jason Corder
       
     
Jason Corder

2nd South Carolina Rifles
Died 73 Times

John Wingo
       
     
John Wingo

88th New York
Died 23 Times

Keith Rogers
       
     
Keith Rogers

3rd United States Artillery
Died 238 Times

Buddy Cook
       
     
Buddy Cook

Chesapeake Signal Detachment
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
Died 11 Times

 

Kyle Wichtendahl
       
     
Kyle Wichtendahl

Aide de Camp to the Commanding General for Federal Command
Died 6 Times

Steven Kennerly
       
     
Steven Kennerly

7th South Carolina
Died 26 Times

Becky “Will” Mezzanotte
       
     
Becky “Will” Mezzanotte

Chesapeake Signal Detachment
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
Died 17 Times

Randon Thomas
       
     
Randon Thomas

4th New Hampshire
Died 432 Times

Russell Marchand
       
     
Russell Marchand

13th Massachusetts, Volunteer Infantry, Company F
Died 128 Times

Sean Paul
       
     
Sean Paul

10th Confederate Calvary
Died 104 Times

Kyle Killian
       
     
Kyle Killian

7th South Carolina
Died 141 Times