HA, ha, YOU obvious English Major!! AARRRGGHHH, I am surrounded by them--2 of my DD's are English Majors and correct me ALL of the time!!! LOL
BTW, DH and I are retired from 26 years of CW Reenacting--we're just doing living history programs, now. We never did competitions, just fought with sabre and (black powder) pistol--never got around to purchasing CW carbines, though we own 2 Indian War models. Every horse was trained to gunfire and every horse would stand next to cannons exploding. My favorite events were 3 outstanding ones:
1)1994, Red River Campaign, Nagatouches, LA to Pleasant Hill, LA
Marched 12-15 miles/day, camped where we stopped, up at 5:30AM, broke each camp an hour later--WHAT A BLAST of hardcore!!
2)1997, National Perryville, KY
It's held on the original battlegrounds, so you really could track the battles.
3)1998, National Gettysburg.
23,000 Reenactors attended. We had a full-sized (>15,000) Pickett's Charge. It was so big and so much fun.
Yes, the 1990's were good times...good times...
This was the PEAK of the hobby. It's dropped off since then, partly bc WWII Reenacting lured many away.
Bought my great mare at the 2008, National Gettysburg Event.