Enactors attract international press at gettysburg 150 opening weekend Whether by the name of historical reenactors, living historians or hardcore authentics, the civil war superfans who flock to gettysburg transcend the occasion of the northernmost battle's 150th anniversary.In coverage of the sesquicentennial's opening weekend, they remain what captivates the attention of the media all over the world. "Park employees already refer to this time of year as the 'high holy days.' The 150th anniversary has injected (more here) just a bit more pomp into the circumstances.Times) "Tom demaria, 53, a psychologist from garden city, said his fascination with the fervor that drove ordinary citizens to fight for abstract causes during the civil war why, for example, would a white schoolteacher from maine fight to abolish slavery in south carolina?Drew him to gettysburg yesterday.'You can read about it in histories, but living as they did sleeping outside and experiencing how much they sacrificed makes it much more emotional, ' said Demaria, a member of the 67th New York Volunteers, a reenactment group in Old Bethpage. " (Newsday) "Though the threeday battle left a toll of 51, 000 confederate and federal soldiers dead, wounded or missing, few reenactors, some traveling thousands of miles to participate, were eager to take a minie ball for the team and spend the rest of the fighting lying in the grass, said doug jones, a retired silicone valley headhunter from iowa who was serving as a rebel colonel.'Sometimes I'll volunteer to be the first'. " (Huffington post) "To mark civil war sesquicentennial commemorations, legions of 'hardcore authentics' stage interpretations of historical events on or nearby the battlefields where they occurred 150 years ago.These people prefer to consider themselves living historians rather than reenactors.For many of them, the apex of their military 'careers' will transpire this week. " (Nbc news) "To sit in a wool suit for days with temperatures in the 80's and humidity above 80 percent, you've got sell at a discount to be committed.And so twentyfive thousand reenactors have descended on gettysburg, pa.To celebrate and act out the defining battle of the civil war, fought 150 years ago this week.They're motivated, in part, by an urge to tell the untold stories of the conflict.Among them, bill minnich, who is ltgen james longstreet.It says so right on his business card. " (Today) "Rachel egglestoneevans, who goes by'rae', travelled from the uk to take part.She says she represents the'hardcore' angle, trying to be as authentic as possible during her time at the event.Back in england she is the managing director/publisher of vintage life magazine.Lewis armistead to participate in the reenactment.'It the grounds that are important,' Gow said.'It an honor to be here.'" (New york daily news) "There is always an attraction to rebels and underdogs, he says.For reenactors it is about the beauty of the moment, about trying to get everything just right, trying to go back in time, about perfection of detail.[Robert Lee Hodge, subject of the 1998 book 'Confederates in the Attic'] shakes his head sadly when I told him about the hefty Rebel soldier I saw using the portable toilets at Gettysburg earlier in the day.'I have a problem with [the] weight thing.It looks ridiculous man.I lost 15 pounds for this, ' he says. Thomas Sabo Jewelry " (Brisbane times) But, staunchly contrarian, the new york times praises the environs of the little town itself: "Avoiding the crowds, though, has its merits, offering a more solemn experience.Either way, gettysburg which is still a small town, with a population of only 7, 645 has a lot to offer beyond history lessons.The town's compact but lively center, lined with federalstyle buildings, is filled with momandpop shops and restaurants, and serves as a great base for exploring the region's vineyards and winding country roads. " (New york times) Talk penn state football:Bob flounders will host a live chat here at noon mondaystate university system's draft weapons policy not a lock, but loaded with controversy.