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Civil War re-enactors a the school last week to spotlight history


REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Visitor Craig Flynn instructs Lake Oswego Junior High School students Malaika Murphy (left) and Adrian Edwards on how to fire a civil war cannon.Civil War re-enactors recently visited Lake Oswego Junior High School, firing cannons filled with gunpowder — but not cannonballs.

About 300 eighth-graders met on April 27 with re-enactors from the Second U.S. Artillery, a nonprofit group. Re-enactors offered historical information while staying in character and sporting period garb, and they also showed off Civil War-era medical supplies and artifacts.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Max Franz helps prepare the cannon for firing
The Second U.S. Artillery visits several area schools, and its annual appearance at LOJ coincides with the U.S. Civil War portion of eighth-graders’ studies.

Waged from 1861 to 1865, the North-South conflict killed 2 percent of the population and was fought in 10,000 locations, according to the Oregon Public Broadcasting website. About 185,000 black Americans fought for liberty.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Alex Bolesky, left, and Andrea Gonzales ready themselves for cannon firing.

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