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Civil War ‘Idol’ Contestant — A Real ‘Musket’ Man

2/1/2011 12:50 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.

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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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