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Rebel Yells and Hoop Skirts

Sean Dunham shows students his Civil War era musket.

Rebel yells, rifles, hoop skirts, and tourniquets…all were on display at Porter Ridge during the recent visit of re-enactors from Company B of the 13th North Carolina Regiment of the Confederate army. Social Studies teacher Dan Korn is a member and invited five fellow re-enactors to come share their experiences and knowledge about the Civil War with PR history classes.

ReenactorStudents met four soldiers of the Confederacy. Brad Blackmon, an electrical contractor, portrays “Black Bart” and shared information about the start of the war and experiences of soldiers. Bob Etzler, a golf course groundskeeper, portrays “Fireball” and shared his knowledge of the experience of soldiers at the end of the Civil War as the tide began turning in favor of the Union. Sean Dunham, a firefighter, portrays “Chim Chim” and brought an actual 1862 Civil War musket in that his family used in the war. Dan Korn, PR Social Studies teacher, shared information about the medical treatment of wounded soldiers.

Students were also fortunate to meet two ladies who also participate in the re-enactments. Kathleen Domanski, a registered nurse, talked with students about the Victorian era and the impact of widowhood on many women in the South after the war as well as social etiquette. Allie Hines, a stage manager, talked about courting rituals in the South and demonstrated the “language of the fan.”

ReenactorsAll of the re-enactors wore reproduction costumes and brought items used in their re-enactments for students to get a first-hand view of the weaponry and kits of the Civil War era.

Written by: April Dawkins
Posted: Jan 06, 2012 by April Dawkins

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