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Six Historic Re-enactments All Americans Should See

Time to take the family to these informative and compelling depictions of our nation's history

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4.) Civil War Re-Enactment at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Featuring an appearance by the country’s most celebrated Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Fritz Klein, the re-enactment at Genesee Country Village and Museum. Mumford, New York, deserves a spot on any serious Civil War history buff’s bucket list. What sets this re-enactment apart is that it doesn’t just take place on an open battlefield.

Visitors can watch the nearly one thousand re-enactors defend and attack the village, around historic homes and shops occupied by townsfolk in period costume. This year the event falls on July 15 and 16 with two battles scheduled for both days.

5.) The Battle of New Orleans. In 1815, the Americans, led by Andrew Jackson, defeated the British at New Orleans. It marked the start of the end of the War of 1812 and is still the last land battle fought against a foreign enemy on American soil. Today, nearly 2,000 volunteers show up at Chalmette Battlefield once a year to re-enact the battle. Some come dressed as British soldiers, carrying muskets and bayonets, and others come as American militiamen, armed with Kentucky long rifles and a cannon.

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The event, usually held around its anniversary in January, is free for the public. In a modern-day twist, food trucks are even present to feed the crowds.

6.) The Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg, and the subsequent Gettysburg address, are a part of every American History classroom’s curriculum. But to really understand why this engagement is considered the most significant in the Civil War, why not walk on the ground where more than 50,000 soldiers lost their lives? July 1-3, Gettysburg National Military Park is ushering in the 2017 Fourth of July holiday with three days of re-enactments and demonstrations.

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More than a thousand actors and living historians are scheduled to take part.

It will be the 154th anniversary of the largest battle ever fought in North America.

Katie Jackson is a travel writer. This Fox News article is used by permission.

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