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I've heard it's common practice for reenactors to aim high or aim low for safety, but seeing those rifles aimed all over the place makes me cringe a little. Guess I'm more OCD then I realized.
"The Day I was Killed on a Civil War Battlefield"
Once, when I was a younger lad, while re-enacting the American Civil War battle of Fredericksburg, I was struck in chest with a "thud". I fell to the ground and opened by wool blue coat to see my white cotton Muslin shirt beneath bloodied. I exclaimed, "I am shot," only to hear the guy laying 10 feet away from me scream back, "So am I."
"No," I say, "I really have been shot." Then I thought, eerily, "How cool it would be to die from being shot on a Civil War (albeit re-enactment) battlefield?" When I was able to open the top of the shirt to peer in to see the mortal wound, I had a half circle cut to the upper chest, diameter no larger than half a penny.
The best I could deduce was that I was hit with a copper primer cap, and after a couple of weeks of bruising, I would be fine. Were those damn Rebs loading their British Enfields with percussion caps?
That incident, I thought, was my penalty as a life-long Southerner for playing a Yankee on a Civil War re-enactor's battlefield. It made great bantor that night at the Civil War camp fire amidst white canvas tents, stacked rifles, and middle-aged/overweight re-enactors.