Locals relive and remember.
CRACK! … CRACK! … CRACK!
Dressed as a Union soldier, George Till shoulders his 1861 Springfield rifle and fires into the air as Chelsea High School history students applaud.
“I started doing reenactments in 1993,” he says later as he discusses the life of a soldier and distributes samples of hardtack. “I first saw Civil War reenactors sweating up a storm in their wool uniforms at Waterloo on a ninety-degree day, and I thought they were crazy–until one invited me to tag along. Soon afterwards, I saw the movie Gettysburg. I was hooked.”