Re-enactment Units (was Zulu)
hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Fri, 13 May 1994 12:32:25 EDT
> I just read George Huffman's posting about the film "Zulu," and how his
> scouts were interested in doing zulu chants, etc.
> What *is* it about that film, anyway?!? I've been a Civil War reenactor
> (you know, the guys who dress in wool and perform battle reenactments in the
> hottest part of summer) here in the East for ten years, and have noted
> the universal enthusiam of the Zulu chant.
> About ten years ago some guys doing an impression of the 5th New York - a
> "Zouave" (French Algerian) impression - once gathered together at an
> event, stood in their silly red baggy trowsers stripped to the waist,
> brandished pieces of meat from the evening supper and chanted "Un swa zay
> - chi! Ah thu to - Zulu!" at the bewildered Confederate reenactors. The
> incident has since moved into the realm of legend.
> Fort Frederick, a 1750's fort near Big Pool, Western Maryland, used to
> project the film on the garrison walls during their yearly "militia
> muster," and many reenactors consider it time well spent to view "Zulu"
> and the lesser-known film "Zulu Dawn," spliced together so it makes sense
> chronologically. (This is a four hour investment, folks.) And of course,
> many reenactors can sing all the verses of "Men of Harlech" from memory. I
> liked the song the first 500 times I heard it.
> Now, of course, the subject of Zulus is topical, what with the goings-on
> in Africa and all, leading to a probably resurge in chanting reenactors
> this summer. (Sigh.)
> Just wanted you to know that the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" isn't the
> *only* cult film in America.
> Wes Clark
> Springfield, Virginia
> p.s. My reenacting ties make for some memorable pack meetings, some of
> which have been held during mock battles!
Funny you should mention re-enactment units. My daughter's 8th grade
Social Studies teacher (a Mr. Daniels) is HEAVILY involved in one of
the NJ units. Sorry, I can't remember the number (3rd NJ?). He was
in "Gettysburg" (both sides of Pickett's Charge), "Glory" and many other movies
Next year, the High School Marching Band is doing Civil War music. They are
at least going to dress the drum line in some sort of period clothing.
It should be fun.
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