It is more than one hundred years since the end of the American Civil War between the Confederates of the South and the Unionists of the North.
It is more than one hundred years since the end of the American Civil War between the Confederates of the South and the Unionists of the North. But a mere century does not stand in the way of a group of Englishmen who spend their leisure time reliving the war.
They belong to the Southern Skirmish Association, an offshoot of the American Civil War Historical Society, based in London, which aims to tell the war "as it was".
The association was founded in 1968 by a band of American war researchers. To raise money for research, they decided to re-enact the battles in an authentic style to audiences.
It would not be unusual for tourists visiting English tourist attractions -- such as Woburn Abbey or Blenheim Palace -- to see a full scale war being fought on the grounds of these stately homes.
The association regularly stages the battles with authentically reproduced uniforms and weapons at such locations before large crowds which, like the "soldiers" themselves, have healthy interest in the past as a means of leisure time escape.
Rifle and cannon fire, bursting shells, burning barricades -- they're all part of a very noisy and very colourful spectacle.
The Civil War itself lasted only four years -- from 1861 to 1865. The association's war on facts has been going now for more than seven years and interest is as intense as ever. The association has a study group whose aim it is to correct the popular and romantic image of the Civil War which has been founded on novels and films.