A little while back I wrote a post about the start of reenacting season and I included some pictures of reenactors with less than accurate impressions. I included my own farby moments from my early days of reenacting to show that I was not really making fun of those with farby outfits and that I was pointing out what not to do with your impression. In one of my comments I stated that reenactors should not wear their hair long. I had done it and knew firsthand that it did not look good or historical. However, a certain Lost Cause Traditionalist has found fault in that comment. Here is the picture I was referring to when I made my statement…
I don’t know how many Civil War photos I have seen either in person or on the internet, but it would be in the thousands and from that number I have seen very few pictures of soldiers with long hair like the one in the picture above. Have I seen long hair…sure, but I would bet that 99.9% have short hair…that is hair not longer than their collar. We have to remember that men’s hairstyles of the 1860′s varied a bit with men’s hairstyles of today. However, men in the 1860′s and in the army of the 1860′s wore their hair short for numerous reason. But this was not good enough for my Lost Cause Traditionalist friends. Gary Adams had this to say in support of my comments based on the historical evidence posted by David Tatum…
“I am afraid that this time he was correct. There might be exception but the there were regulations and due to field conditions and lice hair was generally kept short. There are several books in a collection called “Confederate Faces, More Confederate Faces”, etc. the most extensive collection of Confederate soldiers several thousand and 99.7% have short hair. The reenactment community has been down this road before. Have you ever wondered why at reenactment besides there being women and children the kids have uniforms and the women all wear fancy dresses instead of a day dress or skirt and blouse? They all claim to be accurate, NOT!”
In responce David Tatum uses all of his historical logic…if it can be shown once that it happened then it happened regardless…end of story!
Gary I don’t give a Mooses’ antlers, there is the picture! Deal with it!
This is the same type of logic David applies to Black Confederates…but that is another post.
Here are some more pictures that the Lost Cause Traditionalists have dug up to prove me wrong.
So my challenge to my readers is to go forth and find more of those long haired Civil War soldier so that we can prove me wrong. Post links to your ”long hairs” or send me the pictures at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!