By Marie Mitchell & Mason Smith
1. The authors describe the difficult conditions Civil War soldiers faced in the 1860s.
Read some recent newspaper accounts about soldiers fighting in modern-day wars.
How do the conditions compare?
2. This story focuses on the Battle of Perryville in Kentucky. What Civil War battle was fought closest to your home? Which side won? At what cost? How decisive was the battle to the outcome of the war?
3. Victoria and some of her classmates get to participate in the re-enactment of a Civil War battle. Would you volunteer for such an assignment? Why or why not?
4. The story mentions the Battlefield Museum. What types of memorabilia would be on display at such a museum? Have you visited a similar place? What was it like?
5. The chapter ends with the mention of a famous Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady. Have you ever seen his photographs? How do they compare with ones taken from a war-torn country today? How dangerous is it for photographers and videographers to capture the fighting for readers and viewers?
1. Using your local newspaper, research other living history groups. How do they
represent specific times in history?
2. Do you think it’s important for Civil War re-enactors to be as authentic as they possibly can be? Where do you think they find items they’ll need to represent the 1860s? What types of things would they not be allowed to have with them?
3. Look for photographs or drawings of how Civil War soldiers were dressed. Compare uniforms of the North and South. What types of things would soldiers carry with them?
4. We learn in this chapter that some women chose to fight as soldiers in the Civil War. What other roles did women play during the war? What about after the war? How did the war change what opportunities were available to women?
5. Why do you think Civil War re-enactors enjoy reliving battles and enduring hardships suffered by soldiers in the 1860s? Sometimes entire families participate. What role do you think the children play during the re-enactment?
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