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What is Civil War Reenactment?

How to Get Started in Civil War Reenacting

Civil War Reenactment, also very appropriately known as Living History, is something in which the entire family can participate.  It’s fun, educational, and reinforces our sense of pride in our heritage.  Beginners should start by attending reenactments and observing what goes on.   Come by and talk to us at an event and get a feel for the atmosphere and conditions that soldiers of the Civil War experienced.

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The Second Rhode Island Infantry Regiment was a infantry regiment composed of volunteers from the state of Rhode Island that served with the Union Army in the American Civil War.

The regiment was organized in June 1861 in Providence. The regiment was initially assigned to the IV Corps of the Army of Northeastern Virginia (later became the Army of the Potomac) and saw its first combat action at the First Battle of Bull Run on Matthew's Hill near Massassas, Virginia. The IV Corps later became the 6th Corps of the Army of the Shenandoah, and the 2nd Rhode Island participated in several fights in the Shenandoah Valley. The regiment was mustered out of service at Hall's Hill, Virginia, on July 13, 1865.


Colonel Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Elisha Hunt Rhodes
(March 21, 1842 – January 14, 1917) served in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War

Rhodes was born in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, to Elisha H. and Eliza A. Rhodes. He had one sister and two brothers. At age 19, enlisted in the war with his mother's permission. During the Civil War, he advanced from private in Company D of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry to colonel of the regiment. He retired from the service as a brigadier general. Elisha Hunt Rhodes is most remembered for the journal he kept during the war.