The American civil war was fought from 1861 to 1865 and was one of the most intense battles fought on American grounds. It was a massive war between the Northern and the Southern parts.
When Abraham Lincoln, who was anti-slaves, was elected, the southern part began to rebel. They wanted to be able to keep slaves and be their own country. The southerners needed their slaves because of their large-scale farms, even their whole economy depended on them.
At Civil war reenactments, reenactors recreate the battles, daily lives and most important events that happened during the Civil war.
These reenactments are the most popular in the United States, but events are held all over the world.
Some commonly reenacted characters are General Robert E. Lee, President Abraham Lincoln and the American politician Jefferson Finis Davis.
Discover more about American history at one of these events.
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