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Reliving history at re-enactment boot camp in Plattsburgh

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Hey everyone, I'm Melissa Sheketoff with my GoPro, but this week we're going back in time to see what it was like to be part of the U.S. Army during the War of 1812.

There's no turning back now. Thankfully, this was only pretend. The War of 1812 Museum hosts boot camps once a month, allowing visitors to relive history by gearing up and marching as a soldier set in the 1800s.

"You're having to do work, and it gives you a bit of appreciation what they must have gone through, besides that they must have marched 15 miles ahead of time," said Charlie Mitchell, a re-enactor.

Just in time for the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812, re-enactors say becoming a soldier for a day is a unique experience.

"They like to see the cannon booms, they like to see the muskets fire, they like to see the soldiers move. Then they start to understand the past of the area," said Craig Russell, who organizes the boot camp.

And I can easily say I embraced my inner warrior without flinching. But it would be a lie to say I could do this every day without struggling or sweating through my wool coat. But an eye-opening lesson in understanding history hands-on and a good time had by all, learning the strength of a soldier.

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