Groveton visits history with 'Battle of Blackjack' Civil War reenactment

Groveton visits history with 'Battle of Blackjack' Civil War reenactment
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Some East Texas students saw a piece of American history come to life Friday. The "Battle of Blackjack Grove" took place at Groveton ISD in a live Civil War reenactment.

Infantry soldiers fired their weapons during the Civil War reenactment.

"We have about 50 living historians who are bringing the past to life," said Dyson Nickle, the commanding officer of 3rd Texas Calvary Living History Troop.

Around 1,200 students learned about the Civil War outside of the classroom.

"It's kind of abstract talking about it in the classroom. What's it like to load a muzzle-loading weapon and try to do it quickly in battle?" Nickle asked.

"It's better because you can experience it," said Tra Thomas, a student.

Students not only learned about major battles of America's bloody War Between the States.

"They get a chance to see what life would have been like if they had been in the army in the 1860s," Nickle said.

Reenactors from Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas demonstrated social standards, couture, and lifestyles of the 19th century.

"I have a hat on to protect my head. A gentleman doesn't go outside without a cover on," Nickle demonstrated.

Nickle said the students could appreciate a hands-on experience.

"They're walking around having fun with smiles on there faces. They're walking around asking questions," Nickle said.

"It helps you to believe it and how everything happened," said Carrie, Burris, a student.

"They shot guns, rode horses, and it was like the real Civil War," Thomas said.

The live demonstrations will be open to the public all weekend. The battle camps open at 9 a.m. and tickets are $10.

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