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Attention! Twin Bluff students learn about the Civil War

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As part of a Civil War encampment, the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors showed students a variety of different aspects of life during the Civil War at Twin Bluff Middle School on May 21. Students even got the chance to see a cannon fired, and also how they prepare the cannon to be fired. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
A member of the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors talks about life at the camp during the Civil War on May 21 at Twin Bluff Middle School. As part of a Civil War encampment. Students learned about the difference between certain weapons and how to fend off boredom. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Members of the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors show Twin Bluff Middle School students the various ways soldiers were aided as part of a Civil War encampment on May 21. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
A member of the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors speaks to Twin Bluff Middle School students about how they used to wash their laundry during the Civil War. The Civil War encampment took place on May 21 at the school. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
A member of the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors put on a display for the students of Twin Bluff Middle School on May 21. Students were able to learn about a variety of different aspects of life during the Civil War. Students got to see a cannon properly loaded, and shot, during the school day. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Members of the Second Minnesota Battery of Artillery Reenactors showed Twin Bluff Middle School students how to properly load and fire a cannon on May 21 as a part of a Civil War encampment. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Twin Bluff Middle School students got a hands-on history lesson May 21 as they participated in a Civil War encampment.

Led by the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery Reenactors, a nonprofit organization that puts on displays to the public about life during the Civil War, students saw history come to life.

Sara Shannon, the sixth-and-seventh-grade United States History teacher at Twin Bluff Middle School, felt the display would help students get a better understanding of what life was like during the Civil War.

After receiving a $500 grant from the Red Wing Public School Foundation, Shannon gave sixth-grade students a chance to learn about the everyday life of people living through the Civil War. The experience was all day, with students moving from each of the five stations.

Students learned about how the armies would communicate with each other, even listening to a bugle horn. There was also displays of how to do laundry, the various aid brought to soldiers who were hurt, and what to do in the camp when not in battle.

The school had to get a noise permit from the city because of the final display, which was an antique cannon being fired. The cannon was fired multiple times, with a lengthy discussion on the steps up until firing discussed.

Shannon said the "amazing breadth of knowledge" displayed from the re-enactors was impressive.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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