Below: My son Ulysses Begone at his first reenactment, the Battle of New Market, May, 2009. He insisted that I take this photo. I'm proud of that boy! - Jonah

Reader Comments

whatishalo? @ Jun 26th 2009 4:26PM

iBolish Slavery!!

Kamaraderie @ Jun 26th 2009 6:35PM

I don't see the problem with this photo.
He looks like every other iDiot that waited in line for a phone.
I kid, I kid.

mgsrocks1 @ Jun 26th 2009 7:41PM


Nothing wrong with the photo? Think again.

Gen Brown @ Jun 26th 2009 9:28PM

If i'D known this would have happened, i'D have picked my own cotton

feraligatr8 @ Jun 27th 2009 12:48AM

go seki @ Jun 27th 2009 7:17AM

Hi customer service .. About my bill ..

AT&T's time-roaming charge is HOW MUCH!!!??

iphonerulez @ Jun 27th 2009 8:38AM

That's why the North won the Civil War. They were using iPhones. Those Southern rebels were using Pres and there weren't enough of them to go around.

xconan @ Jun 27th 2009 8:41PM


the only thing about the photo is that it does look a bit overexposed... the flash could have used a bit of difusion

Aguiluz @ Jun 26th 2009 4:26PM

That guy looks stupid.

Aguiluz @ Jun 26th 2009 4:27PM

Oh I am so going to regret this.

Aguiluz @ Jun 26th 2009 4:28PM

I am so going to regret posting this.

pavlindrom @ Jun 26th 2009 4:29PM

Technically, you shouldn't. He holds the phone to the ear, yelling, to the home screen. Stupid indeed. I would have done the same.

Tuffguy @ Jun 26th 2009 7:09PM

good point pavlindrom. I am just glad i am not as hot and sweaty as the dude to his right!

oliver hart @ Jun 26th 2009 7:11PM

i prefer the X11 logo on other dudes back

ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 9:58PM

Thanks, faceless internet commentator.

The reason it's on the home screen was because I specifically took it for a caption contest on Engadget.

It's for a laugh, not for legitimacy. As you could tell by my expression, it was purely for a photo.

And I don't do these events, normally. My Dad asked me to when I went back to VA to visit. I told him only if I could get a shot in battle on my iPhone.

And that's the end of that story.

Xenoterranos @ Jun 26th 2009 11:44PM

lol@ the X11 logo. You have damned sharp eyes, sir.

Also, "Thomas: "Robert E. Lee!? I thought you said rob a 3G" got me pretty good. :)

(I'm assuming humans from the past have a lower tolerance for cell phone radiation)

crescentdavid @ Jun 27th 2009 1:37PM

Virginia's good for these kinds of get-togethers ...

kal326 @ Jun 29th 2009 9:49AM


Well that explains the miss match blue then. Seems it might have been photo'choped since the only person in the picture that didn't have the same hue also had the iPhone.

CT @ Jun 26th 2009 4:27PM

Can you hear me now?

keeheon @ Jun 26th 2009 5:57PM

Nope, I still get no signal!

a ham sandwich @ Jun 26th 2009 4:28PM

"And I thought AT&T's 2009 coverage was poor..."

TFrazier @ Jun 26th 2009 4:28PM

How about: "It's the future calling. They want their phone back."

PGP-Protector @ Jun 26th 2009 4:28PM

Did The Doctor mod their phone to get temporal reception ?

P.J. Caps @ Jun 26th 2009 4:28PM

I'm sure this is a dead zone

Fadakar @ Jun 27th 2009 1:23AM

God dammit I ctrl+f'd dead zone hoping no one took it. Someone did. FML

chucky3456 @ Jun 26th 2009 4:29PM

holy crap I know that guy! I used to work with him!

Ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:01PM

Who are you? Where did we work together?

Jordan Biffle @ Jun 26th 2009 4:30PM

One of the overlooked features of the new iPhone 3GS is that it has the ability of time travel.

iKrolm @ Jun 26th 2009 4:43PM

Time travel? There's an app for that!


Apple's Time Machine does much more than was advertised.

Montusama @ Jun 26th 2009 8:44PM

Maybe this guy is with the Doctor. The Doctor can fix cell phones to work anywhere in time and space.

Linhares @ Jun 27th 2009 2:51PM

We must go back to the island.

Maisum @ Jun 26th 2009 4:30PM

Can you hear me now?

dTondro @ Jun 26th 2009 5:21PM

Nice, but the guy CT above you already said it... so don't go commenting on others about how you were original when you weren't...

Brdystyls @ Jun 26th 2009 4:30PM

I knew the reception was going to be bad in 1865, I really shouldn't have to yell. Damn Iphone.

andy @ Jun 26th 2009 4:30PM

"Ma, that dude behind me is looking at me funny again"

Steve @ Jun 26th 2009 4:31PM

"So ... the blue soldiers get and iPhone and the gray soldiers get a Palm Pre?"

Erik @ Jun 26th 2009 4:41PM

Steve who?
could you please be more specific?

Look_Around_You @ Jun 26th 2009 5:30PM

I hear Stonewall Jackson was very fond of his Blackberry.

jtupeck @ Jun 26th 2009 4:35PM

What about the guy who used a digital camera to take the picture of the guy on his technologically advanced iPhone?

Wwhat @ Jun 27th 2009 11:38AM

He used a pinhole and everybody was standing still like that for 5 minutes, I'm sure.

Brian @ Jun 26th 2009 4:37PM

I am going into an ACTUAL dead zone, call me back.

Jon Acheson @ Jun 26th 2009 4:37PM

"Naw, they couldn't hit an elephant from that dist-"

Jay Voorhees @ Jun 26th 2009 4:37PM

It's the South. They said they're sorry. We can go home now.

ohpleaseno @ Jun 26th 2009 4:38PM

What do you mean tethering to my iRifle isn't allowed on AT&T?

spodi @ Jun 26th 2009 4:38PM

"Any one know how to get google maps to work on this thing?"

Erb @ Jun 26th 2009 6:05PM

I managed to, and according to this... There should be a McDonald's 200 feet south.

edzy @ Jun 26th 2009 4:38PM

"Hey the Smore Schnapps are on their way!"

aj121489 @ Jun 26th 2009 4:52PM

Lol South Park rules

Idlemind @ Jun 26th 2009 4:38PM

" see kids... my great great great great great grandfather was an Apple fanboy too.... just like you will be someday"

Maisum @ Jun 26th 2009 4:45PM

HAHAHA thats a good one!
too bad i just said it...

TJ @ Jun 26th 2009 4:39PM

Can you hear me now?

Pex-Corrh @ Jun 26th 2009 4:39PM

"Dearest Annabelle. It's been so hard these last five months without seeing you, I only hope the service I do for our great Union... hold on. Enough with the cannons already!"

Kabuto @ Jun 26th 2009 4:40PM

You say MMS available soon!?

Steve Grissom @ Jun 26th 2009 4:41PM

"So ... the blue soldiers get an iPhone and the gray soldiers get a Palm Pre?"

Erik @ Jun 26th 2009 4:42PM

Okay, thanks.

Idlemind @ Jun 26th 2009 4:43PM

"...This is so much cooler than the iTelegraph"

jon @ Jun 26th 2009 4:45PM

Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson??? Forget it, this war isn't worth fighting anymore.

Steve Robillard @ Jun 26th 2009 4:46PM

Civil War, Slavery, Death and Dying we got an app for that

PGP-Protector @ Jun 26th 2009 4:47PM

Why isn't the GPS working ?

boolean22 @ Jun 26th 2009 4:47PM


IndiaTech @ Jun 27th 2009 4:18PM

Wrong War...

jon @ Jun 26th 2009 4:48PM

What? Are you telling me bullets now have to be bought individually after the 3.0 update?

Bradley @ Jun 26th 2009 5:57PM

popular bullets are priced at $1.29 instead of $0.99

mr.edwards2 @ Jun 26th 2009 4:48PM

I will defer to the wisdom of George Carlin on the topic of Civil War reenactments:

"There are actually people who go out and re-fight these battles. You know what I say? Use real ammunition, assholes! You just might raise the intelligence level of the American gene pool!"


ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:08PM

Yeah. Carlin. There's a class act of sophistication.

I would almost agree with you, minus the fact that these guys also teach morons such as yourself to distinguish between Blue and Grey. Half the time tourists don't know the difference, or know Union from Confederate...

Just because it's a hobby that doesn't involve a computer or technology doesn't make the enthusiasts morons.

However, I cannot say the same for the Grey Rebels. Most of those guys ARE idiots.

Pat Mc @ Jun 26th 2009 4:49PM

"General Grant! We need air support... NOW! "

Najeeb @ Jun 26th 2009 4:49PM

Forget 3G coverage, we barely have 0.01G

Look_Around_You @ Jun 26th 2009 5:37PM

Also not pictured is the 1-inch thick telegraph wire attached to the back of it!

scottsconklin @ Jun 26th 2009 4:50PM

Maw! Somthn just jumped up and bit me in the buttox

boolean22 @ Jun 26th 2009 4:51PM

One second earlier: "Y'know, Watchin' tha war, havin' a Bud"


htd @ Jun 26th 2009 4:52PM

what? I paid $600 for an iphone clone?

DirtyVegas @ Jun 26th 2009 4:52PM

All the confederates wanted was tethering.

gummybears @ Jun 26th 2009 4:53PM

"whaddaya mean they took of the Hottest Girls app!? How the hell am I going to finish the job!!?"

Kyle @ Jun 26th 2009 4:54PM

"Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top-secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into the project accelerator, and vanished.

He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his own time was maintained through brain-wave transmissions with Al, the project observer, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home."


ibpimpins @ Jun 26th 2009 4:54PM


onedollarbill @ Jun 26th 2009 6:27PM

+1 for the Quantum Leap reference!

Dave @ Jun 26th 2009 4:55PM

Stop texting or we will amputate your thumbs, you can fire a weapon w/o thumbs ya know.

Soup @ Jun 26th 2009 4:55PM

Another dropped call. Poor soul.

jonbruck @ Jun 26th 2009 5:02PM


Hotrod @ Jun 26th 2009 5:49PM

Lol nice

Brdystyls @ Jun 26th 2009 5:02PM

Alright men, we came back from the future to try and stop the North from winning this time....what?...can you hear me now? Hello? Damn dropped a call.

ibpimpins @ Jun 26th 2009 5:03PM

Sonova b... 1 second too late.

neals79 @ Jun 26th 2009 5:05PM

Mr. Lincoln..I'm having a problem getting the Gettysburg address on my GPS

thepolarbear99 @ Jun 26th 2009 5:05PM

I knew the iPhone was alien technology.

Nathan Troupe @ Jun 26th 2009 5:05PM

Guy number 1: "What's that you got there?"
Guy number 2: "The Devil"

BlurMagic @ Jun 26th 2009 5:06PM

"that's not from the civil war..."


Brdystyls @ Jun 26th 2009 5:12PM

1865 iPhone: Government secrets revealed. Tonight at 9.

Justin @ Jun 26th 2009 5:13PM

I want a bigger version for my desktop!

Idlemind @ Jun 26th 2009 5:17PM

"...Although had strict orders not to alter the course of time, agent 089 couldnt resist popping back to the future to grab a new iPhone, especially since the line in front of the SoHo store was so short..."

NalosLayor @ Jun 26th 2009 5:18PM

Doc: Marty, you've gotta go back!
Marty: I'm calling you from 1865, how far back do I have to go, Doc?
Doc: Far enough back to stop AT&T, so I can get my CDMA iPhone!

Thomas Brady @ Jun 26th 2009 5:19PM

"NO, MOM, we're NOT DONE, yet! You'll have to drive around for a few minutes."

nintendo fanboy hater @ Jun 26th 2009 5:20PM

They later burned him for witchcraft. Stupid Pre fanboys

sitruc @ Jun 26th 2009 5:25PM

"I bet I can get on engadget if I break the rules of this reenactment." - Tool

ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:10PM

Yeah, that's basically what happened. I would hardly call myself a tool, however.

sitruc @ Jun 27th 2009 12:30AM

Bad day at work... I wanted to use something with a little more sting.

Patrick @ Jun 26th 2009 5:26PM

Hey guys! I just checked Wikipedia and it says that we win this one.

Look_Around_You @ Jun 26th 2009 5:33PM

"...and that we then ally with the Klingons to take over the Delta Quadrant?!?"

Oh_Lets_Say___Moe @ Jun 26th 2009 5:26PM

"This was day that would not only see North against South, but Lincoln against Lincoln."

"Well, you see two Lincolns showed up. Now, that was a case of poor planning, pure and simple. And Lincoln himself had never been at the actual battle in the first place. So? neither of them should have been there. It was just two Lincolns too many."

Patrick @ Jun 26th 2009 5:27PM

Also we might want to watch our left flank...

Brdystyls @ Jun 26th 2009 5:27PM

History Channel Civil War: Secret Missions for PS3

"Uh dude I don't think this is a game anymore......"

Sheila @ Jun 26th 2009 5:32PM

Help! I'm surrounded by "Grays"!!

Patrick @ Jun 26th 2009 5:33PM

General Lee... your only error was twittering your battle plans.

The real tragedy is that General Pickett dropped his iPhone in a puddle... he never got the message that the charge was cancelled...

Dan @ Jun 26th 2009 5:34PM

When Marty McFly went back in time, he left something behind...again.

FitFan @ Jun 26th 2009 5:37PM

I had no idea that participating in Civil War reenactments meant that you were a nerd. I thought it meant you were a dork.

rxse7en @ Jun 26th 2009 5:40PM

The 3g speed is faster than Grant going through Atlanta!

granny down east @ Jun 26th 2009 6:43PM

Sherman. The bastard.

Tobby @ Jun 26th 2009 5:43PM

Send in the Cavalry NOW!

Eddie @ Jun 26th 2009 5:46PM

talking to the home screen = tool

ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:10PM

Well that makes two people calling me a tool, guess I'll go shoot myself now.

jivetrky @ Jun 26th 2009 5:47PM

"I'm going to have to wait HOW LONG for copy and paste?"

junyor Mynt @ Jun 26th 2009 5:47PM

Yeah we are totally pwning the south.

Aaron @ Jun 26th 2009 5:53PM

"Can you hear me then?"

Biggworm @ Jun 26th 2009 5:55PM

Hello? I would like to order 700,000 tombstones please!

-E @ Jun 26th 2009 5:59PM

Pastwatch: Fail.

uberfy @ Jun 26th 2009 6:02PM

guy taking the photo with the digital camera: Hey dude, put away that phone. This is a civil war reenactment.

saintrobyn @ Jun 26th 2009 6:03PM

"It's the South sir! No, I'm not shitting you. They ARE rising again!"

Boyo @ Jun 26th 2009 6:03PM

Let's get them slave holdin' AT&T Rebs!
Yeah! We'll Tar and Tether them and MMS our victory to the world!

gerrrg @ Jun 26th 2009 6:12PM

"Oh Gawd, Laura, I know you told me not to use the Time Machine on our Mac again, but dammit, I couldn't help it. Help ME! I'm surrounded by a bunch of rednecks!!!"

Sparky @ Jun 26th 2009 6:12PM

My proximity sensor isn't working !!!

Jo-Al @ Jun 26th 2009 6:26PM

wrong war, but, "don't fire until you see the whites of their phones!"

david @ Jun 26th 2009 6:32PM

You want me to bring milk home for the baby?

Brian Smith @ Jun 26th 2009 6:56PM

Why is the guy behind me soooo sweaty?!

Rachel @ Jun 26th 2009 9:03PM

Think wool + Pennsylvania summer + extreme exercise.

ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:12PM

It was New Market, Virginia. Wasn't THAT hot, but yeah...and the 3G coverage was there. I was surprised.

Keeley @ Jun 26th 2009 7:01PM

What do you mean I'm fighting for iPhone equality?! I can scarcely afford the one line I already got!!

hpowell9451 @ Jun 26th 2009 7:31PM

How about this one "WHAT?? I don't have service here, they haven't invented cellphone towers yet!"

Henry @ Jun 26th 2009 7:34PM


Micfiygd @ Jun 26th 2009 7:39PM

You mean you still don't have mms?!

anl @ Jun 26th 2009 7:50PM

he looks like max bemis.

Michael Luevane @ Jun 26th 2009 8:16PM

Could we, uh... talk to Colonel Kurtz?

ACEY RIOT @ Jun 26th 2009 8:23PM

Honey just relax, I'll be fine... yes I'm sure!...yeah, Shelton-Laurel Massacre had something to do with college basketball...well, who are you gonna believe, me or Wikipedia?

roustaboutd @ Jun 26th 2009 8:28PM

Um yeah...Mr. Jobs? This is Dean in R&D. You know that Time Travel app you wanted me to test...

serg @ Jun 26th 2009 8:43PM

the guy to the left "fin annoying iphone holders. think they own everything."

serg @ Jun 26th 2009 8:45PM

"The Pron App ROCKSS!!!!"

Scare Crow @ Jun 26th 2009 8:54PM

Taken at the battle of Applemattox, I presume?

Rachel @ Jun 26th 2009 9:01PM

Yeah, yeah...but I wanna know, who had the CAMERA on the Civil War hike!

Mikey @ Jun 26th 2009 9:27PM

"I said, this would be a lot easier if we just used Pocket Tanks."

oconnorfr @ Jun 26th 2009 9:32PM

No! We did not order any port-a-potty's for our re-inactment.

swagless @ Jun 26th 2009 9:41PM

hey,any body here seen Mike Hunt

Keith Woodie @ Jun 26th 2009 9:42PM

Wow this new time travel app is AWESOME!

khall15 @ Jun 26th 2009 9:47PM

Augh!!! What do you mean you don't deliver in Gettysburgh.

KC @ Jun 26th 2009 9:48PM

"Hang on, let me call missus to prepare my bath. There really should be an app for that."

KC @ Jun 26th 2009 9:50PM

"Is the the line for the new iScorne 1864GS?"

Chief @ Jun 26th 2009 9:50PM

Total farb!

Ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:15PM

How fitting. My Dad, who took this picture, helped coined that phrase.

ethan @ Jun 26th 2009 10:54PM

Wait, he didn't coin it. Sorry. He found who coined it, and wrote an article in the Camp Chase Gazette.

Chief @ Jun 27th 2009 12:32AM

So I assume he doesn't soak his buttons in pee?

murrdithc @ Jun 26th 2009 10:15PM

ew. my brother is such a dork.

Raven @ Jun 26th 2009 10:52PM

My wife is doing what???!?!?

sircastor @ Jun 26th 2009 10:57PM

So, I actually know this guy. :) Yeah, that's not a comment, but it's funny to see him.

Patrick @ Jun 26th 2009 11:33PM

"It's OK guys, they're sending Terminators!"

Colin @ Jun 26th 2009 11:47PM

From a time when bullet wounds meant amputation, and soldiers had to wait days for their data over EDGE.

b3nz0n8 @ Jun 26th 2009 11:55PM

Mammay....I can haz dun jailbreaked

The Weakonomist @ Jun 27th 2009 12:39AM

I can't find the Gettysburg address on google maps? I wish this thing had VZ navigator.

feraligatr8 @ Jun 27th 2009 12:55AM

"guess what my left hand's doing"

Christopher S. Palian @ Jun 27th 2009 12:55AM

Going to war against your own country... there is an app for that.

Cold Bitter Truth @ Jun 27th 2009 1:53AM

Great Gatsbys, I've downloaded enemy troop movements as GPS coordinates to Maps... so everyone load up Loopt to avoid friendly fire and CHARGE

b3nz0n8 @ Jun 27th 2009 2:39AM

Jennaaay!!...I was running and runnin'gah...with no particular place to go..when all of a suh' felt like sum'thin jus jumped right up...and bit me in the but'tocks

Greg M @ Jun 27th 2009 4:17AM

They told us to go to the south for better 3G!?

Jake @ Jun 27th 2009 5:30AM

NERD:: Call for fire, call for fire: Fire for effect.
PHONE:: [Bravo 3 Zulu, call for fire acknowledged, fire for effect in 2 mikes]
NERD:: Hey! We Got mortars incoming!...

Dennis O. @ Jun 27th 2009 7:40AM

"And I heard tell that General Samuel Cooper made one of his slaves wait in line for 7 days just so's he could have himself the first iPhone 3GS south of the Mason Dixon!!"

Ethan @ Jun 27th 2009 9:46AM

AT&T are such tyrants.

magusxxx @ Jun 27th 2009 10:54AM

"And the plane will be overhead…now!"
"What's a plane?"
"I don't know, I saw it on M*A*S*H."
"What's M*A*S*H*?"

Ende @ Jun 27th 2009 11:16AM

Fruit company stocks? No thank you very much.

Troy22 @ Jun 27th 2009 1:01PM

"First the Hottest Girls app gets removed and now they're taking away my iBayonet app!"

scottsconklin @ Jun 27th 2009 1:13PM

NO! I wast using my vibe!

Trin Rimes @ Jun 27th 2009 1:35PM


wupierto @ Jun 27th 2009 2:24PM

General, they’ve got us surrounded! Twitter the cavalry!!!

PreGHz @ Jun 27th 2009 4:13PM

"Well you tell Sherman that if he's gonna do that, then he's gonna be burning the bridge in our relationship!"

brennonbrady @ Jun 27th 2009 5:39PM

We must free the enslaved black iphones!!

Steve S @ Jun 27th 2009 5:54PM


Lee @ Jun 27th 2009 6:02PM

" I'm Bill S. Preston, Esquire! "

bud2wine @ Jun 27th 2009 8:42PM

No sir, I'm not pee shy - not even with 2 of my buddies watching - And I can talk on the phone at the same time!

jesterselv @ Jun 27th 2009 9:08PM

"HELLO! ...... WHAT ....... NAW, I'M AT A CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT.... YEAH ...... YEAH..... ALRIGHT........CHOW"

(trigger happy tv)

Dan Fruzzetti @ Jun 28th 2009 2:38AM

"Who invited that guy?"

Steve Hamilton @ Jun 28th 2009 8:46AM

"Scotty! Beam me the hell out of here! I'm sick of hardtack!"

magusxxx @ Jun 28th 2009 9:14AM

What do you mean it's an extra $5 delivery charge for crossing the Mason-Dixon Line?

magusxxx @ Jun 28th 2009 10:24AM

"Please designate which side you are fighting for by saying North or South"
"I'm sorry, I didn't understand your response. Please try again."

Pre-determined @ Jun 28th 2009 2:35PM

"King Michael Jackson what?!! SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!!"