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Posted on: May 8, 2014

The Civil War Comes to Life for Local Students

On Friday, May 16th, students from Temple ISD and surrounding school districts will travel back in time to experience a glimpse of what life was like during the Civil War, at the Battle of Temple Junction Education Day. Local students will interact with various educational displays, exhibits and professional reenactors from both the Union and Confederate Armies. This event kicks off the 6th Annual Battle of Temple Junction Civil War Reenactment Weekend, held at the Texas Early Day Tractor and Engine Association (1717 Eberhardt Road) in Temple.

Last year, approximately 400 school children attended the educational living history day and were able to experience history up close from professional reenactors who had come from all over the state of Texas, said Recreation Superintendent Chuck Ramm. “We are excited that this event continues to grow and more kids are able to take part each year.”

“These kids will experience Civil War history first hand during education day,” said battle volunteer Tom Hughes. “Civil War History is much more than what they read in a text book, the kids will get to see history come alive.”

The Battle of Temple Junction is a fictitious battle, as Temple was not founded until after the Civil War. The purpose of the event is to illustrate how typical battles were fought and how troops lived and trained during the war. Reenactors will use period or reproduction weapons, uniforms and gear.

In addition to Friday’s Education Day, the Battle of Temple Junction will take place on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.battleoftemplejunction.com or at the gate. Adult tickets purchased online will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday. All active duty military (with ID will) get in free on Saturday, May 17 during Military Appreciation Day.

For more information about the 2014 Battle of Temple Junction Education Day, please visit www.battleoftemplejunction.com or call Holly Leiferman at 254.298.5440.

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