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Civil War Re-enactment at Waxhaw Elementary School

Mr. Thompson, Civil War re-enactor and parent of Hunter Thompson, visited fourth graders in an authentic reproduction of a Confederate soldier’s uniform.

Fourth grade students at Waxhaw Elementary School have been studying the time period of the Civil War and how it relates to the state of North Carolina. The fourth grade teachers felt seeing a re-enactment would enhance the activities already completed in class.

On March 17, 2011, the fourth graders gathered in the Media Center to listen to their guest speaker Mr. Thompson.

Mr. Thompson, Civil War re-enactor and parent of Hunter Thompson, visited us in an authentic reproduction of a Confederate soldier’s uniform. He brought along with him his “satchel” filled with supplies soldiers carried around with them to help them survive. Students gasped at the fact that soldiers had to soak their food prior to eating it to chase the bugs out.

He shared many of the daily struggles of their life and how dangerous it was to be a soldier.  Students were quite surprised to learn that soldiers often had to hunt squirrels, horses, or any other animals that were available to them. This meant even if they had to wonder onto a farmers’ property! The highlight of the presentation was when students were able to participate in a mock musket drill with his guidance.


Students sat wide-eyed throughout the presentation and spoke about it for the remainder of the day. Students were eager to ask questions and were overheard saying, “That was awesome!” and “Way cool!”

 

Written by: Linda Klein and Lyndsay DeLong
Posted: Apr 26, 2011 by Kimberly Thomas

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