How to Get Started in Civil War Reenacting
Civil War Reenactment is a fun hobby that the entire family can participate in as there is no age requirement expect for the carrying and use of weapons.
The best way to get start is to attend some Civil war Reenactments. Talk to the reenactors and ask questions. Observe what goes on. Reenactors are normally very gracious in sharing their knowledge and experience.
Reenacting can be an expensive hobby. However, some units have loaner gear to allow you to get started without major expenses up front and to build your impression over time. This also allows you to fully try out the hobby and see if it is for you.
If you would like more information, William J Watson has put together this great introductory book available for free here on the 28th Massachusett's website.