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First person | everett stiles and mark taylor FIRST PERSON continued from page 44 War, and that often much of what happened is glossed over in the name of modern views of causes, effects, and soldiers’ own reasons for fighting. Too many battlefield sites have become lost to strip malls. Reenacting helps keep the bigger picture alive. “Part of the fascination of it is sitting around the fire, hearing the historical knowledge that some of the boys have,” says Stiles. “You just sit there mesmerized. It’s what makes it really come together.” u Historians say a well-trained Civil War infantryman could fire three shots in 60 seconds with the muzSynovus Financial’s Mark Taylor takes a bead on a 21st Century Johnny Reb. On zle-loading muskets and rifles of the another day, Taylor might just as easily be the target of a Federal sniper. day. “I don’t know that I can fire three aimed shots,” says Mark Tayian gun, something Taylor says was lor, “but I can get off three shots in a minute.” Taylor, 25, caught the reenactcommonly carried into battle early ing bug when he was in the fourth grade in Alabama. In 1997 young Taylor went on in the South’s war. to his first reenactment and he liked everything about it. As soon as he grew old While serious reenactors spend enough, he joined a reenactors’ group. much time on detail, there are times Today Taylor, a credit analyst with Synovus Financial Corp., is a big Civil when they join their fellows and just War reader. He estimates he’s read more than 150 works about the epic “shoot at each other and whoop struggle. “Most of what I like to read is from the individual soldier’s point of and holler,” says Taylor. The biggest view,” says Taylor. He enjoys learning about how they lived, how they really event he’s attended was a reenactdressed, and how they fought. As a result, he tends to read diaries by folks ment at Sharpsburg, Md.—site of only the serious researcher or hobbyist would know by title. the Battle of Antietam, the war’s Taylor lives in Phenix City, Ala., just across the Chattahoochee River from bloodiest day. Taylor aspires to Columbus, Ga., where Synovus is headquartered. He belongs to the Indemake it to one of huge Gettysburg pendent Rifles reenactment group, based in Nashville. Members come from reenactments someday. many areas and assemble at living history exhibitions, battle reenactments, While he enjoys history and hanand tactical exercises. dling the weapons, Taylor readily How does an Alabaman who works in Georgia and belongs to a Nashville answers, when asked what he likes reenactors group come to be wearing Union blue? As Taylor and other southbest, “the camaraderie.” ern reenactors told us, in the South, everyone in their units wants to wear At a campfire, Taylor says, the Confederate gray. But that would make for very lopsided events. So nearly fellow on your left may be a janeveryone has a double kit—Confederate and Federal. Taylor reenacts a private itor and the fellow on your right in both blue and gray, and often plays a Yankee so there’s a two-sided conflict. may be a CEO. “But once you get Independent Rifles members, like Taylor, tend to be purists. They adapt your Civil War clothes on,” he says, their basic uniforms as much as possible to what was in use and available “everybody’s on a level playing during the time that the battle or event they are reenacting took place. field.” And then in the morning, it’s “We tailor our impression to the event we’re going to,” Taylor explains. He the battlefield. owns four weapons, choosing different arms depending on which side and —Steve Cocheo, executive editor time period he’s reenacting. One long arm, for instance, is a pre-war civiljuly 2011  |  ABA BANKING JOURNAL  |  43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - July 2011

ABA Banking Journal - July 2011
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
Bank Notes
The Economy
Inside family banks
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
New gold standard?
Still on their guard
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
ABA Resources
First Person: Special Edition

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