Attention! Twin Bluff students learn about the Civil War
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.