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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