Life of a Civil War Soldier off-site program
In this hands-on program students will get an in-depth look at the everyday life of a Civil War soldier. Whether fighting for the Union or the Confederacy, soldiers on both sides faced the same challenges and were similarly equipped. Through group discussion and compare & contrast students will gain a better understanding of what being a soldier in the Civil War was really like. Hands-on items include replica Civil War clothing, shoes, haversacks, and bullets (mini-balls). In addition to an up-close view of a reproduction Civil War musket rifle, students will learn the steps necessary to load and fire the rifle musket.
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Length: 60 minutes*
*Note: When making the reservation please inform park staff of the length of the class period in which this program will be given. The program can be adjusted as needed.
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Did You Know?
Fort Smith was established on Christmas Day, 1817. Approximately 70 Rifle Regiment soldiers arrived by keelboat after a long journey on the Arkansas River.