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Classes set up camp on the battlefield

Published March 9, 2007


CRYSTAL RIVER - History books can teach only so much. Sometimes, a student must go out into the field and study his subject up close.

That's exactly what hundreds of area students will do today when they visit the site of this weekend's Civil War re-enactment.

The education day is an annual - and popular - feature of the Nature Coast Civil War Re-enactment. This year, more than 900 students are expected from schools in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties.

The students will tour the battlefield and surrounding camps, stopping at various stations, where they will learn more about the lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War era.

Among the stations will be flags, artillery, cheesemaking, medical, telegraph and farm life.

Tim Stuart, a re-enactor and a library media specialist at Citrus High School, is once again organizing the education day.

"This is something that would be very difficult to stage at a particular school," Stuart said during an interview. "It's a chance to hear and visualize first-hand the clothing, the weaponry, the life of the 19th century, or at least a smidgen of it."

As an educator himself, Stuart hopes students will use the visit as a springboard to discovery.

"Hopefully it will inspire them to read more about the Civil War, to become interested in the Civil War," he said. "We'd like to try to encourage other people to get involved.

Stuart said the adult chaperones sometimes ask more questions than the students. That's fine, he said; there are many misconceptions about the war and the re-enactors hope to get the accurate message out.

Re-enactment schedule 


7 to 8 a.m.: Unscripted skirmish

9 to 9:30 a.m.: Colors and opening ceremony

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Camps open to the public

10:30 to 11 a.m.: Medical demonstration at the Union camp

11 a.m. to noon: Ladies' tea in the barn

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Trial and hanging at the Black Horse saloon; live cannon at the north end of the battlefield

12:30 to 1 p.m.: Cavalry demonstration at the battlefield

1 p.m.: Scholarship award presentation at the battlefield

1:15 to 2 p.m.: 97th Pennsylvania String Band in concert on the battlefield stage

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.: Musket inspection in formation

2 to 3 p.m.: Battle

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.: Blacksmith demonstration in the sutler area

4 to 6:30 p.m.: Live-fire musket competition at the north end of the battlefield

8 to 10 p.m.: Civil War-era dance in the barn, featuring the 97th Pennsylvania String Band (re-enactors and guests only)


9 a.m.: Colors

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Camps open

10 to 11 a.m.: Church service in the barn

11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Medical demonstration at Union camp

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Artillery demonstration at Confederate camp

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Trial and hanging at Black Horse saloon

12:15 to 12:45 p.m.: Mortar competition at the south end of the battlefield

1 to 1:15 p.m.: Musket inspection in formation by the safety committee

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.: Concert by the 97th Pennsylvania String Band at the battlefield stage

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.: 10th anniversary commemorative recognition

1:45 to 2 p.m.: Grand review of the troops and live-fire awards

2 to 3 p.m.: Battle

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.: Blacksmith demonstration in sutler area

4 p.m.: Camps closed

[Last modified March 9, 2007, 01:40:10]

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