11/26/2014 08:32 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor


Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began to feel his distinct other-ness as a teen, so for college he chose the opposite route and headed for Morehouse, a historically black all-male school in Atlanta. There he was first exposed to Civil War reenactment -- and found himself enraptured by the idea of re-creating history, one of his academic passions. Now an aerospace engineer, married with children and living in Massachusetts, he still dresses the part on the odd weekend, on the march through the woods with his brothers in arms, engaging the Confederacy in a battle for the soul of a nation.