Gettysburg 150 years on: Briton at US civil war battle
1 July 2013 Last updated at 21:26 BST
This year is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, widely considered the turning point of the US Civil War.
Every year thousands of re-enactors recreate the same battle near the Pennsylvania town - the battlefield itself is now a national park so fields nearby are used instead.
Rachel Egglestone-Evans, who goes by "Rae", travelled from the UK to take part. She says she represents the "hard-core" angle, trying to be as authentic as possible during her time at the event.
Back in England she is the managing director/publisher of Vintage Life Magazine. At Gettysburg she plays the role of an English journalist covering the conflict - she even dresses as a man because all journalists back in 1863 were men.
Produced for the BBC by Anna Bressanin; video by Ilya Shnitser