The Civil War Traveling Trunk made a stop at Coatesville Area Intermediate High School, giving students the chance to experience a piece of history, according to a report from the Daily Local News.
Students in John Chain’s English classes explored the artifacts packed in the trunk used for traveling in the Civil War era.
They played with a wooden ball and cup toy used to entertain soldiers during long hours in camp, tried on both Union and Confederate soldiers’ uniforms, and examined replicas of documents. They also discussed the age of the youngest soldiers and how their lives were changed once they were inducted into one of the two armies.
The Traveling Trunk program by American Battlefield Trust provides students with a better perspective of the American Civil War through a hands-on experience.
Chain, who is also an amateur Civil War re-enactor, pursued the program to ensure his students got the chance to share in his love of history.
“I thought it would be important and interesting for students to write about what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War,” he said.
Read more about the program in the Daily Local News here.