Thursday, May 19, 2011
Rifle replicas blasted blanks out of their muzzles as students and teachers held their ears and practically jumped out of their shoes while smoke instantly billowed into the sky above their heads.
The Civil War seems to be popping everywhere this year, the sesquicentennial of start of America’s deadliest war.
Five re-enactors visited Pinewood Preparatory School on April 29, 150 years and 18 days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired from Fort Johnson toward Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor, and 18 days after re-enactors recreated a moment in American history that is glorious to some and dark to others.
Fifth and eighth grade U.S. History students happened to by studying the Civil War.
Re-enactor Allen McNealy told students advances in technology, such as the conical shape of the Minié ball bullet and its distance and accuracy, made it a high-casualty war.