I hosted a battlefield visit today with a great group of 6th grade kids from Uniontown, PA. (That seems like the name of a very appropriate place to be from when studying the Civil War – although I believe the name had no more to do with the Civil War than did Secessionville, SC on James Island – where the founders had earlier seceded from the older summer village of Centerville … but I digress … though I will also say that Uniontown was a very active place of the Underground Railroad, is on the National Pike, and is near Fort Necessity … and of necessity I need to not digress further.)
Students from this school and their great teacher Mr. Leasure have been at Antietam before. Anyone would enjoy these kids – they are REALLY well-taught about the Civil War. And they are always super attentive and polite and just very excited to be on this field trip.
We made sure to go to the top of the tower at Bloody Lane and did a fair amount of talking and looking at the Battlefield from that vantage point.
And then at the Burnside Bridge I had them make a charge across the bridge (that one of the boys told ME was 12 feet wide by 125 feet long) where I took this picture of them. And I told them to check the Blog to see themselves!