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Dalton Bosze, a 2012 graduate of Canfield High School and student at the University of Evansville in Indiana, has been participating in Civil War re-enactments since he was 10.
He got his first taste of the hobby after moving to Ohio from New Jersey and attending the Canfield Fair, where a re-enactment unit holds a Civil War re-enactment every year. Bosze said he is now part of that unit, which is the E-61st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company 4.
Several weeks ago, he participated in the ultimate Civil War re-enactment in Gettysburg, where events were held to mark the 15oth anniversary of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. Bosze said re-enacting really took hold with the 100th anniversary of the Civil War.
He said there were 13,000 participants just at the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee Event, which took place July 4-7. Bosze said there were similar numbers at an event at the end of June hosted by a different organization.
Bosze said he portrayed an infantry private and he slept in a tent. He said hundreds of tents were lined up in what were called “company streets,” because their formation resembled a street.
He said there were battles all four days of the Gettysburg event and he participated in all battles that involved infantry, or foot soldiers. Bosze said participants re-enacted highlights from all three days of the Battle of Gettysburg, with Pickett’s Charge taking place the final day. The original Pickett’s Charge took place July 3, 1863.