Cannoneers were highly trained soldiers who specialized in artillery. In this activity students will learn the science behind operating a cannon. They will then put that knowledge to use using a small scale air powered cannon.
Soldiers who served on an artillery crew were called cannoneers. Each cannoneer had a specific role in operating the cannon. In this activity students will learn what these roles were and what their duties were. They will also learn about the safety measure soldiers took. (Note: Cannon is a NON-firing replica.)
Infantry soldiers drilled for hours to fire muskets. In this activity students will learn a Mexican War era musket drill. They will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of operating a flintlock musket.
U.S. and Mexican infantry soldiers wore heavy woolen uniforms. Women during this era wore multiple layers of petticoats, skirts, and aprons. Students will try-on replica uniforms and compare and contrast them to a modern military uniforms and to their own clothes. Students will also learn how uniforms protected the soldiers and why women wore so many layers.