Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today at the cooking station I had some of Mrs. Aaron’s famous donuts and some yummy dried homemade orange peels, a real treat during the 1860's.

I made a new friend today, he is the blacksmith (Mr. Murray). He told us that everybody that apprentices under him soon finds out about his little friend called Manuel Labor,  he comes around when they want to make something big, like a sword.

I also got to spend some time at the drilling station, where we learned many commands that they would use during most of the battles.  It was really confusing at first, I didn't know which way I was supposed to turn.  But after some practice, I got really pretty good a doing five paces left turn and doing a counter-turn.  Many good memories were made this day.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DCC was a fun place to be for the Civil War Encampment day. The students and I learned a lot from the reanactors. The blacksmith taught us all about his job and how much fun it is.  Mrs. Aaron made homemade donuts and we each got to try one. I also learned how to play civil war era parlor games! These consisted of a cake walk and the ministers cat. We had some trouble thinking of adjectives, but we managed. One of my new friends, Emily, won a cake in the cake walk and she let me try a piece. It was really good! At the end of the day all of the middle school students sat around and discussed the day.  The girls that I spent most of my day with explained to the students who I was and I got to share my knowledge of the civil war with the students. Overall, I had a wonderful day. I will definitely miss DuBois Central Catholic Middle School:

- Civil War Sallie

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Arrival at DuBois Area Catholic School

I arrived at DCC on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  I found the Civil War Club students very busy getting ready for their Civil War Day on Friday, May 11, 2012.  While helping out I learned that the students have 10 Civil War Re-Enactors and living historians coming to teach about the civil war.  It was really cool to know that they are going to learn period parlor games, civil war medicine, photography of the civil war, the job of the sanitary commision, the roles of women during the civil war, and they even have a blacksmith working with metal.  I'm really excited to experience the day with the other students.  I'm posting a picture with some of the students and the middle school principal.