Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Day In the Civil War

I took three of our children to see a reenactment of a small battle that took place in our area during the Civil War. You would think that as homeschoolers we had attended many such occasions but sadly this was our first.

I thought we would go out to this field and watch people "act out a battle" then go home and talk about the guns and the smoke. Boy were we surprised!

The people involved in these reenactments actually camp out at these events - not in campers or modern tents with modern comforts, but dressed in period costumes, sleeping on period nap sacks under period tents, rugged and authentic.

This tent slept 6 men for this whole weekend - Thursday night through Saturday night.

Yes, there was an entire Union and a Confederate camp set up and before the battle we were allowed to visit the camps. The reenacters were very knowledgeable and very willing to share information with us. My son was so excited to get to hold a variety of Civil War era rifles and to learn new things about them but the highlight of the day was when our oldest daughters friend Abigail (whose whole family is involved in these reenactments)convinced a family friend to take my kids and let them do a run through of prepping and firing a cannon.
They were given specific tasks and positions and ran through the procedure three times while a small crowd gathered and watched the demonstration.

After a hot lunch and a small wait,
the battle began.

All in all, it was a wonderful Saturday complete with history lessons that we will not soon forget.

Read More About The Battle at Newton.



Mountain Home Quilts said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun! I so wish we lived in an area that featured those kind of reinactments!! Hopefully this won't be your last one. :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

amazing, isn't it?! What a memorable history lesson.

Shannon said...

I love Living History events. The experience is worth weeks of reading about something.

Kathleen said...

Love your blog =) My family had a home in the midst of a battle during the Civil War. The house had a cannon ball hole in the side of it - they covered it with glass and left the cannon ball and the broken china in the china hutch! It was in Chickamauga, I think.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That's very cool that you guys got to go do that!

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