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Civil War comes alive this weekend at History Center

History Center event offers glimpse of soldiers’ lives

POSTED: June 9, 2011 12:30 a.m.

If you have ever wondered what life was like during the Civil War, you can find out this weekend at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

The History Center is holding Family Day on Sunday, featuring demonstrations and exhibits that give an inside look at soldier and civilian life from the time of the war.

Julie Carson, education and volunteer coordinator of the History Center, is looking forward to the event.

"It was such a significant era of U.S. history. Regardless of sides, you can't deny it was a huge turning point in the history of the nation," Carson said.

"The Civil War is a topic that we keep repeating here because it's probably the most significant war fought on American soil, and certainly in the South," Carson said.

From 1-4 p.m., visitors can watch re-enactments, check out currency and flag displays from the era and take part in hands-on activities.

The re-enactment will feature "soldiers" from the 42nd, 43rd and 47th Georgia army units, as well as from the 21st Ohio.

Re-enactors will talk about
the gear and supplies that were carried by troops, in addition to a mock battle.

A weapons display will show traditional firearms carried by soldiers. The crowd can take part in an ammunition manufacturing demonstration and learn the techniques used by Civil War soldiers.

According to Carson, the Civil War events at the History Center are usually some of the most popular.

"People usually really turn out for the Civil War demonstrations. A lot of people had relatives that fought, and some of them are even buried in Gainesville," Carson said.

Carson encouraged everyone to come out to Family Day.

"I think they'll be amazed at what we have and at the quality of the program. It's a wonderful glance at history and a great way to spend a Sunday with the family," Carson said.


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