It’s a new year, and for the first time in a couple of years I’m going to try a couple of new things with my blogging platform (which is also used as an extension of our website). The biggest thing that holds me back is the sheer amount of time formatting these posts. One paragraph and one photo can take me an hour or more to set up and publish, so with the help of a few new publishing tools and some new shortcuts, I’m going to try and lower that time to about 10 minutes. It’s both a challenge and a goal. My hope is instead of 3-5 posts per month, I can increase the number to around 20.

Since I’m currently hanging out in a toasty-warm apartment just south of Seattle, Washington on a blistery below-freezing morning, I thought I’d use for my subject a set of civil war reenactment images I shot a number of years ago at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park just outside of Tallahassee, Florida. I’d love to hear some feedback on the format itself. I want to make it more visually appealing, have more content, and give easy access for all to see and learn more. Any or all of these images are also available as fine art prints – just click on an image below to bring you to the main gallery containing 280 full-sized images.

Civil War Reenactment

Civil War Reenactment

A two-day event showing a very comprehensive view of what it was like to live through the Civil War as a local Floridian, for those who were black, white, poor, or rich. Life at camp and being a black man in the Union Army were shown in contrast with poor white soldiers and privileged officers. The grand finale was a full-out battle with men of all backgrounds, races and creeds fighting by cannon, musket and sword for glory, honor and freedom.


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Rich Leighton
January 4, 2017
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