Monday, March 17, 2014
On Saturday, a field at historic Hobcaw Barony was transformed by the 3rd United States Army Civil War Reenactors as they exhibited what a typical war encampment would have been like during the War Between The States.
The camp featured authentic reproductions of the soldiers’ equipment, including tents, uniforms, weaponry, and cookery.
First Lt. Mike Glazier commanded a squad of three local reenactors, Alvin Holcomb, Amos Dickerson, and his daughter Mary.
Lisa Boynton, a resident of Myrtle Beach, was also at the camp to display the Confederate uniform.
There were more than 100 attendees of the reenactment. The day’s events began in the Discovery Center, where Lee Brockington, Hobcaw’s senior interpreter, gave a brief oral history of Georgetown’s role in the war to visitors, and also told the story of the sinking of the Harvest Moon.
Visitors were then shuttled to the field where a number of displays illustrated more history of the war, including an officer’s desk kit, a number of rifles, and a small cannonball dug up by Glazier’s dog in his Pawleys Island yard.
“It’s amazing to live here,” says Glazier. “I had no idea the amount of history this place holds unitl I moved here.”
Glazier gave presentations on the evolution of the wardrobe, weaponry, tactics, communications, and major developments during the course of the war, and along with Holcomb, Boynton, and Dickerson, also gave drilling and firing demonstrations.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Glazier became interested in the war while getting his undergraduate degrees in accounting and history from Shepherd University in West Virginia when a Southern teacher brought a new perspective on the war for him.
While there, he was very near Harper’s Ferry, and also toured Gettysburg and Antietam.
His first reenactment was with the 3rd U.S. Infantry in 1990 in D.C., and after he moved to the Lowcountry in 1996, he became captain of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer, Company 1 Reenactors.
He has been featured reenacting, along with his son, in National Geographic.
“It’s a great hobby,” says Glazier, “Instead of golf or surfing, I do this.”
While this was not Glazier’s first reenactment, it was the first for both Holcomb and Dickerson. Dickerson, who was asked by Glazier to participate, was very interested in the idea.
“I appreciate anything that involves getting away from modern conveniences,” Dickerson said.
And that seems to be a common theme for a lot of the reenactors.
As a CPA, Glazier said he loves the chance to get away from the computer and cell phones.
Living the history of these soldiers is a big part of what reenactors across the spectrum do, but an equally big draw is pulling themselves back in time to how their ancestors lived and fought during these wars.
“And it’s a lot of fun,” says Glazier. “It’s part camping, part Halloween, part playing Army.”
“What I liked about it was understanding the perspective on the mind of the men going into these battles, going face-to-face with each other,” said George Hendershot of Pawleys Island. “It’s very fascinating.”
Dr. J.P. Saleeby, a reenactor in The Society of Civil War Surgeons, said the event was very interesting, and his wife, Sharon, complimented the rich, historical environment in which it was set.
“Hobcaw was a great place to have this event,” said Glazier, “and we hope to do it there again in the fall or next spring.”