More than reenactors, members of the 173rd consider themselves "Living Historians". As a living historian, we do more than fight battles we attempt to present to the public how people lived, fought and died in the Civil War. Some of our members portray medical professionals and other live the lives of civilians of the era with whole families being involved.
Though "fighting" battles are a big part of the activities of the 173rd, we also put on demonstrations for schools, civic groups and others showing the drill and uniforms of the Federal troops during the Civil War. During the reenactment we set up authentic camp sites and prepare our meals in a company mess. Many of the reenactments permit the public to tour the camps and our members answer their questions and show them different aspects of military and family life of the 1860's.
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