This weekend we went to a Civil War reenactment at the Sully Historic Site near Dulles Airport in Virginia. Sully hosts a number of historical events throughout the year, but the Civil War one is a favorite. Volunteer reenactors showed up representing both the Confederacy and the Union. Along with infantry (pictured) and cavalry, there were also some medical people, plus women representing the one-roomed school house on the property and showing off clothing of the period.
For those outside the US, the Civil War took place between 1861 and 1865 and was roughly between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy). It was very bloody and emotional and different people fought for different reasons, though state rights, a difference in political opinions, and slavery all played roles. Abraham Lincoln was present at the time.
Look at what they are wearing. Heat Index yesterday was easily 100 degrees F (37 C). Now picture wearing that marching during the war where heat index could easily be even higher (especially when you went farther south). Whew!