In the past few years, my Internet correspondent Jeff Hendershott has been contributing what I think are pretty well-written articles about The Hobby. I figure it’s about time he got his own space on JonahWorld! - Jonah
Although Jeff Hendershott has “retired” from the ranks as a reenactor, he still likes to muse about the hobby on occasion. “I enjoyed (almost) every minute while active and had a blast,” he claims. “You can leave the hobby but, for better or worse, it really never leaves you. I particularly enjoyed the friendships made, the funny times and the bizarre people who make us laugh.” Hendershott, an Ohioan, holds a Masters degree in history from the University of Akron and is a teacher by profession.
To spare us from looking at a picture of him (a self-described “Tubby Mustachioed Guy”), the image above is of Hendershott's great-great-grandfather, Hiram Bell, who served in the Western Theatre from 1861 to 1865 and is buried less than a quarter-mile from Hendershott's home. Like his ancestor, Hendershott also served (while reenacting), in Company A of the 64th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment.