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Civil War 'Idol' Contestant -- A Real 'Musket' Man

2/1/2011 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Civil War reenactor from last week's episode of "American Idol" wasn't joking -- the guy actually pretends to be a soldier from the 1860s in his spare time ... and TMZ has obtained a photo to prove it.

Nathaniel Jones

Sources in Nathaniel Jones' Civil War reenactment group -- called "Muskets and Memories" -- tell TMZ, the 22-year-old from Wisconsin has attended the historical dramatizations for years with his family.

Our sources had no comment on Nathaniel's singing ability (or lack thereof) -- but said they were excited he was reppin' for their pretend regiment.

0131_ai_civil_launch As for Nate's fake soldiering ... we're told he usually sports a Union uni -- and is "always serious, but very polite."

It was a civil war, after all.


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Cartman    

What a geek.

1277 days ago
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jay Thomas    

he's not a geek he is someone who would like to preserve history. I also do historical reenactments and they're fun to do so don't be hating on him just because he does something better than sitting at home watching tv

1277 days ago
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Kelly    


A guy that used to work for me did these re-enactments. I figured they would be racist, I'm white btw and one sided.

I was so wrong!! People participating were from all walks of life. They all stayed in character and it was quite a fascinating learning experience.

It is also very humbling to see and learn how people had to live in that era. It makes one more appreciative of what those before you have gone through and fought for you to have.

1277 days ago
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Kelly    


LOL! I'm not one sided! I meant the re-enactments!
It's early here : )

1277 days ago
5.

Glynis    

TMZ! He is not "pretending" this is called a reenactment

1277 days ago
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Jones1234    

What a geek.

Posted at 12:59 AM on Feb 1, 2011 by Cartman

"What a geek."

Yes. That's it. A geek.
But I'm betting a socially inept douche bag who continually hits refresh on TMZ's website for the prestigious opportunity to be the first Mensa to try and figure out a way to insult a contestant on American Idol, has him beat in the geek department. Congratulations.

1277 days ago
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JJ    

Hey.......A$$ Holes!

At least he's preserving history; American History.

What have you GEEKS done lately?

Listened to Justin B or watched CNN all day long?

You're the REAL LOSERS.

1277 days ago
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Jones1234    

What have you GEEKS done lately?
Listened to Justin B or watched CNN all day long?
You're the REAL LOSERS.

Posted at 5:55 AM on Feb 1, 2011 by JJ -

Well JJ…
the first thing I did was read all 5 messages before mine.
Now it did take some effort and time, but I tend to find that knowing who and what I am responding to can be quite helpful before calling random people å$$høles and losers.. wait, sorry - LOSERS.
Maybe next time, before single-handedly proving the existence of spontaneous human combustion while inserting your foot in your mouth, you could try that.

1277 days ago
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JR KAMMERER    

I HAVE WATCHED "IDOL" ALL SEASONS AND WOULD REALLY WISH THEY WOULD JUST SHOW THE "TALENTED" ONLY! THE SHOWS ABOUT FINDING AN "AMERICAN IDOL", SO GET RID OF THE IDIOTS.

1277 days ago
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JJ    

# 10. Magnum.................

Imagine someone disagreeing you ; OH GOD.

Thanks go back on your Meds now.

I enjoyed your......ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

1277 days ago
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mija    

I have a friend in Canada who's job is to do this. It always sounded so interesting. They get to basically go to war, every day! I think that'd be fun to go watch.

1277 days ago
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Carl    

It was pretty obvious during his audition that he was a real Civil War reenactor, so I'm not sure what the story is here TMZ. He may have done the audition as a joke, but not the reenacting.

1277 days ago
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MILKAHOLIC    

i like gettysburg. those soldiers fought their young lives in war and now they are ghosts and orbs on the battlefield. i saw an orb there. i have it on camera.

1277 days ago
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jenny    

Just want to point out that his group is not called "muskets and memories", that is one event that they used to attend. They've now been asked to no longer show up at that event (and others) due to their inability to follow the basic rules and safety guidelines laid out by coordinators. He and is group are a poor representation of a lot of dedicated people that spend their time and money to educate and amuse the public.

1277 days ago
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jenny    

Just want to point out that his group is not called "muskets and memories", that is one event that they used to attend. They've now been asked to no longer show up at that event (and others) due to their inability to follow the basic rules and safety guidelines laid out by coordinators. He and is group are a poor representation of a lot of dedicated people that spend their time and money to educate and amuse the public.

1277 days ago
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