Soon the tour started to get into some of the primary purposes of the fort (i.e., defense):
The Round Tower was three stories tall:
The view from the top.
From here, you can see the small corn field (from Part 2 of this post series) on the right, and the Recruiter (also from Part 2) on the left [kind of in the background]. In the foreground, you can see a re-enactor standing next to a young boy (who was probably around 5 years old). The boy was signaling up to his brother (who stood near me on the top of the Round Tower) trying to communicate a message, just as soldiers did with one another on the battlefield during the Civil War.
The older brother (probably around 8 years old) was less interested in ‘playing’ with his younger brother, so the re-enactor sent a response back down.
Continuing with the theme of “communication”, the next stop on the tour was an old-timey photographer:
Some of the standard wares of a photographer back in the day. (I love the booze bottle; they were nothing if not honest during this event, I grant them that.)
But photographers weren’t the only men who enjoyed a drink every now and again. When a soldier found himself in need of supplies, he stopped at the Sutler.
A soldier could purchase variety of items – if he had the cash to afford them.
Exiting the store, I was surprised and delighted to encounter some soldiers relaxing – much as I suspect they would have done in the 1800s.
Children needed to relax during those hard times, too; below is a basket of toys kids played with back in the day.
A re-enactor helped modern-day children play with the toys that entertained their ancestors – and I was delighted to see many 21st century kids genuinely enjoying some of the items that were enjoyed 150 years ago.
At this point I took in some of the ‘ambiance’ of the site, and really imagined what life was like during Civil War times:
Ladies, can you imagine dressing like this every day? Think about going grocery shopping in this outfit (and with no cart to push around the store):
The men didn’t have it any easier. One re-enactor took a break in the shade; I can only imagine how hot he was in his wool uniform on this 80-degree (F) day:
Remember the flute-playing chap from the entrance? He also took advantage of the shade by finding a new spot indoors to continue his musical performances (this time he played “Oh Susanna”). He was quite the personality!
When I saw these two people chatting, I felt like I was really visiting the 1800s. I almost felt like a time-traveler; it was a truly strange-yet-interesting sensation….
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