Civil Bore

May 29th, 2009

Civil Bore - Wedding


Some days, you just don’t feel like re-enacting.

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88 Responses to “Civil Bore”

  1. Dudddee says:

    I’m in 8th grade and we’re studying the civil war… one 90-degree day we were led out to a field behind our school where our teacher proceeded to scream “VIRGINIANS. VIRGINIANSSS.”. We were all a tad weirded out as he began a speech (which he claimed was authentic) pretending to be Pickett from Pickett’s Charge. At the end of said speech, he screamed ” FOR YOUR WIVES. FOR YOUR SWEETHEARTS. FOR VIRGINIAAAAAA!” so I, of course yelled “FOR NARNIAAAAAAAAA” as we ran for five minutes, for some reason re-enacting Pickett’s Charge without anyone ‘dying’. And did I mention that my teacher did this with strap-on binoculars, a floppy women’s hat and a weird pouch thing he hung around his neck?

    The most awkward part?
    We’re Ohioans.

  2. JW Boothe says:

    Didnt that guy try out for american Idol?

  3. MizBizz says:

    Poster boy for AWKWARD!

  4. David Farmbrough says:

    “I was sure I wrote ‘woollen undrgarments’ on the order form, not ‘wooden’.”

  5. V. says:

    his hat looks like someone crushed the Oval Office trash can on the top of his head

  6. MIRMAG says:

    Congratulations, what the right words … brilliant idea

  7. chickmunkey says:

    It’s really amazing after 100+years or so that this guy can actually fit his skull into Yankee headgear. I guess skulls haven’t changed much

  8. mcr says:

    Why is their re-enactment in the front yard?

  9. thehamburgla says:

    musta been the chick’s idea

  10. Awkward Turtle says:

    He put the cold in Cold Mountain.

  11. Emily says:

    …their poor future children

  12. Donald says:

    Git off my land!

  13. Araxie says:

    If you look at old photos from that era, you’ll realize that he looks exactly the way most men did in front of a camera.

    (BTW I LURVE that dress!!!)

  14. Gravy says:

    Thats a nice Confederate soldiers outfit does it come in his size?

  15. Andy Vigue says:

    Is it just me or do you think SHE talked HIM into this picture? That’s a change eh?

  16. Ads says:

    With the casualty rates durng the civil war, I wouldn’t smile until at least 1867

  17. i kick uranus says:

    this is my favourite pic on the site. If he had a white beard and was a little shorter he would look like jasper from the simpsons. awkward perfect

  18. Josef says:

    In which Narnia book did Mr. Tumnus join the Union Army?

  19. mrsmarvel says:

    With his white gloves on you can tell they are heading to a dance or other formal occasion. The dress isn’t really appropriate for daytime, but depending on what time of year it is, it could be 6 pm and still sunny outside, so it’s probably fine. Dude looks like he just found out General McLellen was fired.

  20. Brock says:

    Frankly Scarlet, I don’t give a smile.

  21. Joanna says:

    The expression on his face: ‘my Momma made me do this’.
    She’s all happy with this opportunity to get all dressed up.

  22. calichi says:

    Too much starch in the pants and the collar….Akward

  23. Katy says:

    owwn … look at the face of happiness of man …hahaha…:D

  24. Becky says:

    AHHH!!!! THE YANKEES!!!!!

  25. Bald Outing says:

    that guy looks so uncomfortable. and awkward.

  26. Seano says:

    I think you can tell whose idea this whole thing was. the things guys do to get a date!! She feels like the Belle of the Ball in her Scarlett O’Hara gown.

    He feels like a drip. Little boys don’t dream of being like Rhett Butler these days…

  27. eric bizzle says:

    I’m just here for the hangin’.

  28. MST says:

    Say, is that one of those genuine Civil War Era cyclone fences?

  29. kiki says:

    He just found out he’s been ordered to a town called Gettysburg…

    • Beth says:

      Hahaha, nice. I actually go to college there, so me being ordered there every year isn’t too fun, either (well, I love my friends there, just not all the work). Of course, college there is a picnic compared to a battle.

  30. heather says:

    He is sad because someone sat on his hat and crumpled it.

  31. Sarah says:

    Guys, seriously…it’s 90 degrees out and I’m in a wool coat…can we be done with the pictures?

  32. yeshi says:

    lol they do look like wranglers. plus her neckline is too low for that period for the daytime. people might start talking

    • SammyD says:

      I love this site!!! Provides me with much-needed amusement during tedious workdays!
      But as a civil war reenactor (and incredible nerd) myself, I had to point out that her neckline is just fine…as stiff as the Victorians were, they were all about the chest hanging out.
      The ankles were another story…

      • Jam says:

        Sammy D obviously has not looked at any period images of women from that time period, nor researched any extant garments. Pick up some damned books and try to learn something about the time period, rather than just assuming that what the fat captain’s wife told you about clothing is correct, or using “Gone with the Wind” as documentation. Good God.

        • Emy Kate says:

          oooh snap. Plus wasn’t the victorian era in England and like maybe a century before the civil war in AMERICA! HA!

          • Topov says:

            The civil war was in the 1860s, yes?

            The Victorian Era? QV reigned from 1837 to 1901.

            Emy Kate fails history by like maybe a century alright.


        • Katie says:

          Sammy D is quite correct about the necklines! My PhD is in mid-Victorian fashion and I have come across many, many examples of very low necklines during that period- in photographs and illustrations. She is also quite right about the ankles. What did you think was wrong about her comment, out of interest?

  33. Liz says:

    I know someone who had a Civil War reenactment Wedding… I did not go because that’s just strange. They were also asking the guests to dress up.

    This is probably a similar couple. And the guy is obviously loving it.

  34. Luz says:

    Where is his neck.

  35. MissMatched says:

    There’s a fraternity here and their Spring Formal is all in period costume. All the girls wear huge dresses and all the guys dress up as Confederate soldiers, and it was definitely their idea. I always thought it was stupid. Get over it! YOU LOST!

    PS, Steve – They wore big dresses like this in the North too.

    • Lisa says:

      That is a union uniform. The North wore blue the South wore Gray….

      • Beth says:

        Lisa: I think MissMatched knows that this is a Union uniform. I think she was just saying “here” (wherever she goes to college), there is a fraternity that holds Spring Formal with guys dressing up as Confederate soldiers.

  36. Jeneva says:

    I say this was definitely her idea… good egg points to him for going along with it, though.

  37. TC says:

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

  38. Steve says:

    A Union soldier with a Southern belle… what’s wrong with this picture?

  39. Aimee says:

    I don’t think they look like they’re having fun at all (at least the guy doesn’t). Maybe it’s because he knows his light blue Wrangler jeans don’t exactly enhance the illusion of time travel.

    • mrsmarvel says:

      Actually dear, that is the appropriate color of trousers for a Federal soldier to have worn. They are likely wool. I also don’t think he looks like he’s having any fun, lol.

  40. Hawk says:

    Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn?

  41. Samantha says:

    Who knew shoulder pads were so necessary during the Civil War? He must have at least 3 pairs on… or he has no neck?

  42. D says:

    “You’d look like this too if you were wearing wool underwear.”

  43. hotoynoodle says:

    he looks all itchy and hot from his woolen undergarments, while she’s free as a bird, commando under the crinolines and hoop.

    • Angelle says:

      ‘Free as a bird’ and ‘under crinoline and hoop’ do not belong in the same sentence together. :p

  44. Mikaela says:

    Is this really an engagement photo? Looks more like prom or something to me.

  45. Mr. Jones says:

    I think this one is a bit snark-free. They look like they’re having fun. And I’m guessing he’s posing as if it were a 19th century photo – where they had to be very stiff for the amount of time for the exposure.

    But the color and background obviously thows off the illusion. So snark points for that.

  46. David says:

    ah…nothing says period photography like chain link fencing!

  47. Hey! says:

    So, pose for a Civil War re-enactment, no weapons. Pose for a wedding and EVERYONE has a weapon.

    Only in America.

  48. Chazlette says:

    “Shoot, this jacket sure do itch a heap.”

  49. Tango says:

    Where’s his musket?

  50. David says:

    ah….nothing says period photography like chain link fencing.

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