Ponch Hall sits atop his horse, Dan, as he looks out over spectators gathered around the Confederate cavalry to pet the horses at the Battle of Aiken re-enactment, which is held at Confederate Memorial Park.
Alan Lott sits by a fire at a Confederate campsite before the start Saturday's re-enactment.
Hall, who has been a re-enactor for 14 years, tells his character's story as he holds a locket with his lover's photo.
Lynne Dunn (left) and Marti Perrin, who is portraying Ulysses S. Grant's wife, Julia, stand near vendors before the Battle of Aiken re-enactment begins.
Michael Bowen (center) and Bo Hancock, both 10, play with their toy guns just before the start of the re-enactment.
A Union soldier picks through the clothes of a fallen solider during the battle re-enactment. Gates are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, with part two of the Battle of Aiken scheduled for 2:30 p.m.