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'Brooksville Raid' civil war actors get ready for reenactment

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On a dreary day, the battlefield is silent and empty. But this weekend, over 1,000 re-enactors representing the northern and southern states will take part in the 'Brooksville Raid'. Thursday, actors set up their tents and checked their gear.

Chuck Munson is a Union officer. He says he joined the group so that he could teach others about one of the most significant periods of us history.

"I enjoy the comradery in camp and I enjoy the ability to educate the spectators as they come in, and hopefully show them and let them see in real life what it was like 150 years ago."

John Higgins plays the role of surgeon. He explains what happened when a soldier was shot.

"The bullet is so large that it would actually take a section of bone out and you can't repair it has to be taken off."

Bob Lovell is a Confederate actor. He has relatives on both sides of his family that actually fought in the war between the states.

"I've always been interested in this and never had any reason to know why and there's a lot of people out here that really live it and feel it."

The two camps are separated but Bob Lovell says the blue and gray do get along.

"We do have a very good friendly rivalry and we do realize that we're both Americans and that's an important thing."

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