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The American Civil War and the ACWS
The American Civil War (ACW) was the first modern war. It had a profound effect not
only on the USA, but also on the course of subsequent European and World History. Vast
numbers of Europeans, especially people from Britain were involved. The war had many
firsts, including the first practical use of machine guns, repeating rifles, ironclad
ships, modern trench systems, torpedoes, telegraphy, balloons, railroads, and photography.
The American Civil War Society offers the opportunity to experience living history in
the form of re-enactments of battles, camps and events of the period.
The American Civil War Society is the largest ACW Society in Britain, with a membership
of over eight hundred from all over the country. We recreate and portray the life and
battles of this conflict (1861-1865). With as much authenticity as is possible in this
modern times, we recreate army camps of the period with living history camp life and drill
sessions. Using canvas tents, costumes of the period and open wood cooking fires, the
public can get a taste of what life was like for those soldiers and their families in
1860s America. Alternatively, at our events, there is also a separate Family area, where
members can stay and camp with modern equipment and vehicles.
Our members are drawn from all walks of life and come to our weekend events on a purely
voluntary basis, We help to raise money for charities and are a 'crowd puller' for shows,
fetes, and carnivals all over the country.
The American Civil War Society is available at weekends and Bank Holidays for battle re-enactments at major events
from spring to autumn each year. For further information about booking us, please contact
the Projects Officer, or for general enquiries please contact the Membership Secretary, on our Contacts Us page.
Footnote on Secession Map. The legal, constitutional, democratically elected government of Missouri seceeded from the Union in October, 1861, with a quorum in both houses of the legislature. The state was admitted as the 12th state of the Confederacy in November, 1861