Students at Liberty Traditional School learned about the Civil War era on Nov. 20, with interactive presentations given by the Fenners Louisiana Battery.

Different stations around the campus educated students on the end of the 19th century, focusing on armory, cavalry, the significance of flags, clothing, funerals, and medicine.

The Fenners Battery, which was an actual Civil War Battery in the 1800’s, is a traveling chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a national organization.

“These people are originally from Louisiana so they have a lot of knowledge on the Civil War,” said Suzanne Stokes of Liberty Traditional. “Their demonstrations of history give the kids a lot of insight.”  

Organizers Donnie and Priscilla Davis have been part of the battery for close to 20 years, and they have been volunteering at schools for the last five years, beginning in Louisiana. The couple currently lives in Palominas.

“We like to go around to the different schools and let the kids see what life was like back in 1860 because it was so different,” Priscilla said. “I like to get the kids thinking about what we have today how that all stemmed from back then. It gets their minds working, so that’s great.”

Priscilla’s clothing station displayed traditional 1860’s clothing, exhibiting natural fibers and linens, some of which are still used today.

Demonstrations included the firing of a 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer cannon by Tom Rodkey and Donnie.

Other volunteers included Gary Schott, Jeff and Tamara Hodge, and Curt Tipton.

For more information, visit the Fenners Louisiana Battery on Facebook.

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