Participants in a Civil War re-enactment at the Iowa State Fair this weekend had to cope with a few modern realities. For instance, the price of gas.
"We are in artillery, so you have to have a pickup or something, and they don't get the gas mileage of a Ford Festiva," said organizer Roger Shannon of Woodward, uttering words not heard in the Civil War days. The gas prices have cut down on the number of road trips for the group.
In a day of insurance concerns and such, the brave soldiers were not allowed so much as a small fire to warm their coffee, for fear they would burn down nearby Pioneer Hall. Oh, and they couldn't fire blanks either. Not enough room to do it safely. [Link]