Civil War Day brings history to life for 7th
(May 25, 2012) Seventh grade students participated in Civil War Day on
Thursday, May 24.
As part of the day’s activities, the 125th New York Volunteer Regimental
Association set up a living history encampment on school grounds.
Students were divided into different “companies” and rotated through a
series of learning stations ranging from a medical tent to a drill
station. Re-enactors led the workshops and taught students about the
Civil War and the life of a typical soldier through a hands-on approach.
The students also saw a portion of the educational version of the movie
“Glory.” The movie is based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw who
was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War. Shaw
volunteered to lead the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which was
the first unit to be comprised of African-American soldiers. The purpose
of the movie is to not only educate students about the Civil War but
also to expose them to the prejudices of African-Americans faced during
this time period.