Civil War re-enactors bring history to life

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Posted: November 17, 2012

The Winchester Star

ABOVE: Sara Smith of Dayton is the color bearer for her re-enactment unit, the 10th Virginia cavalry dismount. They were lining up for the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek.
RIGHT: Doretta Brown of Philippi, W.Va., a civilian re-enactor, waits in camp while her husband, Edgar, a captain with the 31st Virginia Company H “the Barbour Greys” fights with his unit in the re-enactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek. The two have been re-enacting since 1989.
BELOW: Members of a Union signal corps unit signal their troops at the start of the Cedar Creek re-enactment.
Elijah Lee Sturdivant, 4, of Shawneeland participates in Civil War re-enactments with his family. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Father and son Civil War re-enactors Scott Sturdivant (left) and Josh Sturdivant, 21, of Shawneeland began participating in re-enactments at Cedar Creek in Middletown in October 2006. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Scott Sturdivant’s SUV is a time machine of sorts.

About once a month, he and his family pile into it and drive straight back to the 19th century.

The Sturdivants are amateur Civil War…

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