The York (Pa.) Sunday News had an interesting article on the cost of being a Civil War re-enactor.
It costs $1,500 to $2,300 to authentically fight, dress and camp as if it's July 1863 and you're an infantryman in the Federal or Confederate army.
If you wear glasses, as [Keith] MacGregor does, another expense are antique spectacles with prescription lenses.
"The idea behind re-enacting is you want to keep all modern anachronisms away from the public view," he said.
"You're putting forth an impression of 1860s America, and you want to remain there as much as possible. You don't want to be sitting there with a plastic bottle of soda." [Link]
[Photo credit: Gettysburg by Joe Shlabotnik]