Re-enactors strive to keep Battle of Gettysburg relevant

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By Kristy Deer and Jim Mayfield


NEW PALESTINE — Sam Brown considers himself a patriotic person. The New Palestine resident has always had an interest in American history, so much so that he’s actually stepped back in time to play the part of both Union and Confederate soldiers in re-enactments.

Brown was even an extra in the Civil War film “Gods and Generals” and has participated in numerous documentaries for the History Channel and several short films depicting Civil War history.

“When I was a kid, it was typical of kids to have an interest in the Civil War, or Revolutionary War,” Brown said.

While his love of American history holds true particularly around the most patriotic time of the year – the Fourth of July celebrating the Declaration of Independence – Brown knows that is not the case for everyone.

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