1st battle of the Revolutionary Waron July 4, 2012 @ 5:47 am (Updated: 10:09 am - 7/4/12 )
This morning, we aired part of a hilarious sketch. How the Independence was won. Here it is:
We might not know all the facts about our Revolution, but there is a hardy band of people out there who are trying to get as close to the experience as possible by re- enacting the battles.
Charlie Schroeder is one of those players and has a new book out called "Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Re-Enactment."
He says even though you repeatedly tell yourself the battle scene in front of you is merely a reenactment, there's still quite a rush when confronted with hundreds of men pointing muskets in your direction. You hope they're not loaded.
"It's called a period rush," says Schroeder. He explains that the intensity increases the longer you're out there and the deeper involved you become.
"You forget for awhile. Even by walking around in those clothes and not relying on modern items. You tend to start to think, believe and understand what it must have been like to be alive back then."
But there are some things we can't imagine giving up, like modern day bathrooms. Schroeder, who played the role of a German soldier, recalls a WWII reenactment in Colorado. He walked out of his tent in the morning seeking a port-a- potty and someone told him, "dig a hole."
"I didn't dig a hole, however, I felt like I was out in the middle of cattle fields so it was appropriate for not digging."
And for today, Schroeder leaves you with shared outrage over this tea tax.
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