This year 8th grade students participated in the 6th annual D.C. Everest Civil War Day. Students spend a day learning about the life of a Civil War soldier. Different history classes represent the Union and Confederate soldiers. Each specific history class represents a regiment such as the 8th Wisconsin or the 69th New York. The class chooses a commander, drummer, and flag carriers. Students dress like a Civil War soldier.
In the morning students viewed two large group presentations and then ate a “Civil War lunch” before marching over to Kennedy Park for the afternoon. There was an Opening Ceremony at Kennedy Park complete with cannons being fired. After the Opening Ceremony, students attended stations to learn about life during the Civil War. Some of the stations included the following: John Brown, Civil War Band, Lincoln’s Assassination, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Civil War Marching, Civil War Medicine, Quilts in the Civil War, Lincoln/Douglas Debates, Cannons/Weapons in the Civil War, Daily Soldier Life. The stations were run by high school students, teachers and community members.