Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Civil War Re-enactment - Battle of Richmond, Kentucky

Grammy and Grand-Dad drove back with us from Tennessee to Richmond, Kentucky to meet Uncle Dan, Aunt Dorothy, Heidi and Holden for a Civil War re-enactment. This November is the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. As such, Grand-Dad had suggested a good project for the girls might be to memorize the speech. We have been working on that for the last 6 weeks or so and I thought going to a re-enactment might help parts of the speech make more sense as well as provide a better understanding of the war in general. We found it to be very informational and only wished we had had more time to explore. We will definitely be seeking out more re-enactments in the future!
Here is a brief description provided on line regarding the Battle of Richmond:
 "The second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, the Battle of Richmond was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories in the entire war. The Battle of Richmond Association was organized in 2001 to preserve this historic battlefield." You can find more information by visiting http://www.battleofrichmond.org/
Thank you Grand-Dad for taking all these fabulous pictures! You can view many more great pictures of the day at http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurtlabar/9616646227/ .

 Jackson checking out supplies at one of the tents
 Heidi and Reagan watching a short play after the re-enactment
 Jackson has recently become fascinated with guns. After the re-enactment this soldier walked past us and Jackson immediately said "I want/need that gun!" The soldier heard us and stopped to let Jackson take a better look and then talked to the kids about a variety of things including money from the Civil War period. He was very interesting and we appreciated his time!
We look forward to more re-enactments and learning more about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Stay tuned for a video of the girls reciting the Gettysburg Address. They almost have it, but I believe we will continue to practice it and post it in November for the actual anniversary of the speech. Thank you to the Dan LaBars and Grammy and Grand-Dad for coming on this little adventure with us!

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