A tactical event (Also known as a "Private Battle" in the United Kingdom and elsewhere) is a type of historical reenactment, not usually open to the public, which is fought like a real battle with each side devising strategies and tactics to defeat their opponent(s). Tactical events have no script, a basic set of agreed-upon rules (physical boundaries, time limit, victory conditions, etc.), and onsite judges or referees, and so could be considered a form of live action role-playing game. Tactical battles might also be considered a form of experimental archaeology.
- Hadden p 224 "Sometimes they are closed events, in which the public is not invited to observe."
- Hadden. p 23
- Hadden. p 23 "By living like the soldiers did, even for just a short time, the reenactors gain better understanding of how to wear the uniform and use the equipment."
- Hadden, Robert Lee. Reliving the Civil War: A reenactor's handbook. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999.