Minnehaha Academy Students Relive Civil War

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some local students got a taste of what it might have been like to fight in the Civil War this week.

A group from the Bloomington campus of Minnehaha Academy performed a reenactment of the Civil War. It included everything from mock fights, doctors treating soldiers with critical wounds and flag bearers who led armies. Doctors also went around to wounded troops and put bandages over wounds.

Robert Noble, who led the group and the reenactment, wanted to give the students a true taste of what battle might have been like during the Civil War. He also wanted to give them a different way to take a vested interest in history.

“This gives the children a chance to feel what it might have been like,” Noble said. “Hopefully this will give them a chance to appreciate history, do more reading and just be a lot more interested.”

One of the main sessions of the reenactment was a field medical situation where there several wounded soldiers and only a few doctors.

Historically, Noble said, there weren’t enough doctors to try and treat the wounded, so there were only one or two doctors and a few orderlies to treat dozens of critically injured soldiers.

Watch the video to see the reenactment.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    As good a use of a case of catsup as I have ever seen.

  • keel

    Somehow…I don’t think it was the same…just my thoughts

  • Marty Siegel

    My 18 year old son participated in Mr. Nobles re-enactment of Picket’s charge when he was in 4th grade. A year later, we took a trip to Gettysburg; the certified tour guide we had commented that he had never met a child who knew so much about the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. THANK YOU Mr. Noble for sharing your passion for teaching and commitment to these kids for so many decades of outstanding teaching. You have created a wonderful legacy that will be missed by many.

    • Don Boettcher

      I don’t think an afternoon “field trip” could instill the horrible feeling those soldiers felt during that terrible time in our history.

  • Don Boettcher

    See above.

    • PJ

      What would you have them do, use live ammunition? It’s a teaching tool to give them some idea what it was like, and to provide hands on learning of many objectives concerning the Civil War. Of course no one who hasn’t been there would truly know what it feels like. So teaching students about the horrors of war is pointless unless they come away with PTSD? What a ridiculous comment.

  • Tony

    As a life long civil war historian I applaud Mr. Popel.

    The Civil War was a very important time in our nations history and anytime someone can do some hands on history in that time period can create a better understanding of what, and whats more why it happened.

    Here’s a thought, our nation at that time had a population of roughly 30 million, to day we have roughly 300 million. Most historians put the number of deaths associated with the war at around 600,000. Those figures to day would be around 6 million. Now there’s a sobering thought.

    There’s a lesson to be learned here; even today.

    In America, we like to think of ourselves as “uncompromising” Thats an urban legend of immence proportions. Our whole system of government is based on that concept. That was their failure at the time, the politicans failed to find compromise on some very important issues and the radicals and extemists of “BOTH SIDES” were facilited to spew their articles of hate for the other. And that played a huge role in igniting that war. I can only hope the American people have learned this lesson, unfortunantly it’s only a hope, because people don’t study history or the lessons it teaches us. “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it”

  • SD

    Very cool. I still remember when I was in 7th grade and we were learning about Ellis Island and we had to play the roles of immigrants going through immigration. (I got deported. LOL) It was a great addition to the lectures and reading we did in class. These are the types of learning experiences I hope my daughter is able to have when she is school age.

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