Students at Rosemont Middle School had the chance recently to learn what life was like during the days of the Civil War. Each year, the middle school field is transformed into a Civil War historical site. The annual event gives eighth grade students the chance to roam among stations set up to teach what life was like in the United States in the early to mid-1800s.
Students were taught that the Civil War cost the nation millions of lives and dollars and literally tore the country apart.
The tradition of recreating scenes from the Civil War was started by history teachers Lynn McGinnis and Christine Collins-Cross as a way to bring history to life for their students.
This year’s stations included a marching lesson, music from the era performed by the Rosemont Music Dept., the retelling of a soldier’s story that included the firing of a musket, and a reenactment of that fateful day on April 14, 1865 when John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln.
Photos by Mary O’KEEFE