|Old Abe - Mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the ACW|
Today I am going to teach my daughter's history class about the American Civil War. The kids are 8th graders and probably have a short attention span, so I am limiting my presentation to a few anecdotes about the war and some "show and tell" re-enactment uniforms that I have.
I will do a short piece on Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin.
I had a great time teaching the history class on thursday and the students appeared to enjoy it too. I brought along my Confederate colonel re-enactment uniform and let them try it on. Then I passed a few forage caps around the room: infantry grey, artillery red and cavalry grey with yellow bands. I also had a couple of old minie balls that I had acquired over the years and used that as a segue into a discussion of muskets versus rifles and how the latter changed the style of warfare.
Next, we talked about Old Abe and this seemed to be everyone's favorite part of the presentation.
Finally, I selected a few passages from Sam Watkin's diary "Company Aytch". I focused on some of the funnier passages rather than the descriptions of the battles.
Before I knew it, an hour had passed and it was time to pack everything up and head home. I will see if i can post a picture of the class that the teacher took for me. All in all, it was a fun time and I would definitely do it again.