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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Capt. Daniel Grinestaff of the 14th Indiana Company A based in Parke County discusses uniforms with North Clay Middle School students Trey Boor (left) and Bo Stewart. [Order this photo]
Students get taste of Civil War

For a brief moment North Clay Middle School students time-warped to the Civil War era.

Members of the 14th Indiana Company A reenactment troupe were on hand Thursday to discuss the war.

The company was originally based in Parke County.

This is the third year members of the troupe have visited the school and 1st Sgt. Don Bryan said the students find the event beneficial.

"We get recognized by kids later," Bryan said. "It obviously clicks with some of the kids."

Bryan said eighth-grade students typically end the school year discussing the Civil War, making this the perfect time to conduct demonstrations.

"This has worked out," Bryan said. "It provides a lot of opportunity."

There were three stations set up for students. One station, manned by Cpl. James Bryan -- who is a Northview High School senior -- displayed the basic daily life of a soldier during the Civil War.

Another station, manned by 1st Sgt. Bryan, discussed the history of flags and weapons during the war. The third station, led by Capt. Daniel Grinestaff, focused on recruiting.

"We enjoy the hobby," Don Bryan said. "To us, this is an extension of the hobby.

"It's hands-on. I think we have a little more realism than what they get to see in the history books."

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That is so cool! I wish they did things like that back in the day! Keep your traditions up Gentlemen!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 1:28 PM

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