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Reliving the Civil War: 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0811729123
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"A well-written, informative, and reader-friendly book that is a must-have for reenactors! It receives a perfect rating of 10 oak leaves." -- Living History

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 2 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811729125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811729123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Hadden was born in 1951, and spent most of his childhood in Greenville, North Carolina. He graduated from Rose High School, and went on to get a BA, a BS and an MLS from the University of North Carolina, the University of the State of New York and East Carolina University. He also got a Certificate of Studies from the Europaisches Institut, and experimental school sponsored by East Carolina Universiity at the Haus Steineck in Bonn, Germany.

For thirty years he has been a librarian, with experiences mostly in the medical and physical sciences librarianship. For a while, he had some expertise in starting science libraries from scratch, and worked overseas initiating library services at the King Fah'd General Hospital Medical Library in Al Bahah, and the King Khaleed Eye Specialist Hospital Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He then worked as a supervisory librarian at the US Army Garrison Camp Page in Chuncon, and the US Army Garrison Camp Long in Wonchu, South Korea. Afterwards, he began professional library services at the Regional Medical Library at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.

After a period of time at an US Army Ballistics Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland, and a few years at the Computer Resource Center at the University of Michigan, he worked for fourteen years as a Reference Librarian at the US Geological Survey Library in Reston, Virginia. Since 2004 he has been a map librarian with the Army Geospatial Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Mr. Hadden's writings have been on several subjects. He has been a Civil War Reenactor for over thirty years, and his book, "Reliving the Civil War, a Reenactor's Handbook," was a History Book Club Alternate Selection, and is available electronically from Other writings include articles on the battle of Gettysburg, specifically on the 19th Maine, the 24th Michigan, and the 26th North Carolina regiments involved in that battle.
Mr. Hadden has also written on family history, with his "Shamrock and the Fleur de Lys"

In addition, Mr. Hadden has also written several books and reports on earth sciences, specifically in geology and speleology. These include works on the geology of Liberia and Somalia. This also includes special reports on the caves of Afghanistan and a bibliography on the geology and the battle of Guadalcanal.

On of his favorite articles concerns the "peter monkeys," young men who mined the cave dirt from caves in Virginia during the Civil War, in order to make gunpowder for the Confederacy. In a combination of history, reenacting, chemistry and speleology, we reproduced the manufacturing process and evaluated it for productivity.

While at the US Geological Survey Library, Mr. Hadden became interested in two special collections held there. The first was a collection of books by Dr. George Frederick Kunz, and Mr. Hadden is working on a biography of this 19th century mineralogist, and former vice-president of Tiffany & Co.

Also, he was intrigued by a special collection of maps, reports and books that had been stolen by the German army during World War II, and subsequently hidden in a salt mine in Heringen, in Central Germany. There the materials, called "the Heringen Collection", was found by George Patton's troops and eventually given to the USGS Library. Mr. Hadden has written several articles on this collection.

Mr. Hadden is currently working on history of the 4th North Carolina. He is married and lives in Sterling, VA.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By d20 Gamemaster on September 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reliving the Civil War: A Reenactor's Handbook is more than its title conveys. Although it was designed for newcomers to living history and Civil War reenactment, it is also a great reference for the experienced reenactor and for those interested in Civil War history.
It is obvious from R. Hadden's writing that he is in love with reenacting. An experienced reenactor himself, he shares his knowledge with the reader in this entertaining, educational, and well-crafted book.
"Reenacting is as old as human society, religion, and drama," he begins somewhat philosophically. From their beginning, reenactments gave history "life, taste, and smell, something significantly missing from dry academic tomes."
The book provides information on several different aspects of reenacting, including a brief history of the trials and tribulations faced in the formation of the hobby. He gives knowledgeable advice for dealing with spectators: the old, the young, the informed, and the ignorant. He even includes a section containing strange and "silly" questions asked by spectators.
And Hadden knows how to answer all the questions. He discusses everything from wearing (and not wearing) undergarments, to the new trend of virtual reenacting on the World Wide Web. He gives advice on speaking, manners and etiquette, and purchasing equipment and clothing. In his section on infantry reenactment, he provides a useful list of the high and low prices one should expect when purchasing essential equipment and clothing. He also provides sketches of Confederate and Union rank insignias and 16 pages of informative photographs.
Throughout the book, Hadden emphasizes the reenactor's role as a teacher.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a definite for anyone starting out in Civil War reenactment. If your first experience is anything like mine, you'll be given a thousand pieces of information and advice, from twenty different people, all on your first day in. After arriving home from that first event, you'll be asking "But why do they do this, and that, and this other thing?" "What does it mean when they say that?" and etc. Simply put, this book has the answers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Williams on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first encountered this book as I was beginning my four years as a private in the re-activated 34th Georgia, Co B from Canton, GA. At the time it was the best thing (or so I thought) that was available for the newbie. Not to say it isn't a good starting point, but it's getting a bit dated now.

The price list is WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY off. Muskets can still be had for around $450 new (Used muskets vary in price, but also in quality), but expect to spend a bit more than is suggested for your first uniform and accoutrements. If I recall the estimate correctly in this manual, the price for an entire kit (uniform, period correct hat, musket, accoutrements, brogans, etc) was around $900. You can still outfit for that, if you are frugal, able to make your own clothing (I used to save a bundle by having women sew for me. Jean-cloth was fairly inexpensive a few years ago!), and have contacts that are willing to cut you big deals.

The rest of the book is a bit basic. On one hand the author talks of being aware of one's outfit and not looking FARBY (that is, goofy). On the other hand he embraces being farby and allowing modern conveniences in the camp, so long as the general public is not aware. This can be confusing to the newbie (it was to me).

The sections on proper drilling and manual of arms are well done and presented in a manner much easier to comprehend than HARDY'S.

I only wish the sections on cost and suttlers would be updated to include some newer vendors.

So, fresh-fish, you can do a lot worse than this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gunsmoke Taxidermy Doc zjim on June 6, 2006
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I have reenacted for the best part of 2 decades and presented or participated in countless living history events prior to buying this book, so I was very surprised & pleased when I discovered a reference of such value for both the new recruits AND seasoned veterans. I now consider this a "Must Have" for all new members of our unit. Simple to read & understand, Valid facts, and a very good source of information. You will make it part of 'always carry' gear if you do reenact or part of your library if you don't...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hadden has made "Reliving the Civil War" even better with the 2nd Edition of his book, expanding, improving, and correcting some of the perceived deficiencies of the 1st Edition (although there are those of us who would have said it was pretty flawless). This book is unquestionably the definitive guide to the genre of Civil War reenacting, and is as requisite as a Hardee Manual for anyone interested in this aspect of living history, whether a novice or a veteran. It proved an invaluable guide to me when writing my own book, "Everyday Life During the Civil War" (Writer's Digest, October 1999). I recommended it to anyone interested in watching, reading about, or participating in reenactments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nodroG on March 4, 2007
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Definately a must have handbook for anyone who wants to recreate the sense of the 1860s. Excellent basic information on most aspects of the reenacting hobby. With costs exceeding $1200 to take the field in correct uniform, this is money well spent!
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