Reviewed by Wade P. Bettis, Jr., J.D.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume Χ, No. 1, Fall 1996)
Lane, a clinical hypnotherapist, tells of her experiences in visiting American Civil War reenactment battlefields and camps. Her interest was stimulated by the deep commitment of the men and women who reenact these battles: “One Confederate reenactor…said he was fighting for state’s rights and that the Supreme Court had never ruled on the right to secede from the Union. I was impressed by the level of his historical knowledge…Beyond his words, however, his fervor swept over me like a wave. He was clearly impassioned about what he was doing.”
By their own admission, many of the reenactors are obsessed with their roles as Civil War soldiers. It was this emotional involvement that piqued Lane’s interest as she sought out volunteers to explore their past lives with the help of hypnosis. The book is about eleven men and one woman volunteer, all Civil War reenactors, who relive with accurate clarity their past lives as Civil War soldiers. We visit first hand, through the eyes of these people, their lives and experiences as they participated in the greatest internal conflict that this nation has ever experienced.