Impression Standards

Impression Standards

The Gettysburg Civil War Battle  Reenactment is a very special and significant commemorative event for the reenactment community, the visitor, and the Gettysburg community. The eyes of the nation and the world are upon us. In order to promote event integrity and honor, and to respect your fellow reenactors and provide an accurate portrayal to the public, the organizers, and military command request your cooperation by heeding the following authenticity standards:

  1. All clothing must accurately represent the fashion and style of 1863, e.g., natural fibers, period cut and color.
  2. Modern plastic glasses frames are not permitted.
  3. No modern shoes and no sneakers.
  4. No specialty impressions without the approval of the event sponsors. This includes portrayals of Lee, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, Clara Barton, etc. If you have any doubts, please ask.
  5. Women portraying soldiers in the ranks should make every reasonable effort to hide their gender. Hundreds, if not thousands, of women passed themselves off as men in order to serve as soldiers during the war—on both sides, and we will never know exactly how many did so because their disguises were so good. Honor them. If any Army or event volunteer (as above) determines the female gender at not less than 15 feet, that individual will be asked to leave the field/ranks.
  6. Hair should be worn as appropriate to 1863.
  7. As a compromise to modern safety, a minimum number of period MILITARY or Hospital Ice Angels (2-3) will be permitted on the battlefield for each authorized battalion. Each Ice Angel must be at least 16 years of age. Proper uniform will be required. Dresses for the ladies will not be allowed on the field.
  8. Do not wear any uniforms or insignia that would not have appeared at Gettysburg.
  9. The classic “campaigner” impression is suitable for this event. Shoes shall be worn! Failure to do so will result in removal from the event.
  10. A dirty musket is rarely, if ever, appropriate and may, in fact, constitute a safety violation.
  11. All anachronisms (cots, coolers, sweat pants, etc.) must be hidden inside tents at all times. Your camp is not only your reenactment home; but is also a significant living history experience for both your fellow reenactors and visitors.
  12. Tobacco use shall be confined to period products—pipes, cigars, snuff, chew or, in rare cases, filter-less cigarettes.
  13.  The event organizers, and respective military commanders, have final authority regarding authenticity issues.