Madrona students get a taste of life during Civil War
Since 2003, Madrona social studies teacher Brad Proffit has been coordinating the annual event that features members of the Washington Civil War Association, who portray different units and organizations that existed during the 1861-1865 conflict.
At this year’s event, Civll War reenactors brought along a battlefield hospital, Proffit said. “Students saw what medical treatment for wounded soldiers looked like, and how limited it was,” he said. “The display included authentic surgical tools and one of the reenactors described the way battlefield surgeons worked hard to save countless lives.
The presentation this year included a husband-and-wife team and one horse. The couple also brought their 11-month-old baby with them and described, in character, what it was like to be separated for long periods of time while the husband was on patrol during the war.
“The kids loved it,” Proffit said.