One of two weddings planned for Saturday evening was between Andrew Doddington, a Union re-enactor and Lynne Gaither, both of Randallstown, Md.
For Doddington, getting married at a re-enactment made sense. For starters, he met his fiance at a re-enactment and both have a great interest in the Civil War and have traveled together to many events.
"She's more into the period in general than the re-enacting," he said before the wedding, between bites of fried potatoes he just made over his camp fire.
But there was a practical reason too: All of the couple's friends are also Civil War enthusiasts, and he knows where their loyalties would be if they had to choose between going to Antietam or a wedding in a church.