The Georgia-born actor and funnyman is a history fan and his father was a Civil War buff - and he insists it's important people relive the past on battlefields dotted across America.
Helms says, "Re-enactors are not trying to relive the war... They're history buffs."
But he accepts some re-enactors take it too far: "There is a pre-occupation with the past as being this nobler time, and I think that is where it does get into sort of a grey, dare I say comedic area - because there was no time that people were all good or more noble; we were always a**holes."
Get into the trenches with the soldiers and generals of the Republic and see the Rebels point of view as they face the Yankees. Civil War reenactments from the actual fields of battle where they originally took place give a clear perspective and understanding of the way the battles were laid out.