Re-enactors give Vernon Hills students a glimpse of the Civil War

  • Max Daniels of Wheaton portrays President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday as Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills holds its annual Civil War Day for seventh-grade students.

      Max Daniels of Wheaton portrays President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday as Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills holds its annual Civil War Day for seventh-grade students. photos by Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Wood of Wheaton plays the role of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day for seventh-grade students at the Vernon Hills school.

      Paul Wood of Wheaton plays the role of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day for seventh-grade students at the Vernon Hills school. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Robert Hauff of Glenview teaches seventh-grade students about life in the infantry during the Civil War.

      Robert Hauff of Glenview teaches seventh-grade students about life in the infantry during the Civil War. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Robert Hauff of Glenview demonstrates how to use a bayonet Thursday, during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day event in Vernon Hills.

      Robert Hauff of Glenview demonstrates how to use a bayonet Thursday, during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day event in Vernon Hills. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Seventh-grade students listen intently Thursday as Robert Hauff of Glenview demonstrates how to use a bayonet during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day event in Vernon Hills.

      Seventh-grade students listen intently Thursday as Robert Hauff of Glenview demonstrates how to use a bayonet during Hawthorn Middle School North's annual Civil War Day event in Vernon Hills. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/30/2019 6:38 PM

Seventh-graders at Hawthorn Middle School North took a break from their regular school day Thursday to travel back in time for the Vernon Hills school's 10th annual Civil War Day.

The event featured period music played by the school band, simulated cannon fire, infantry demonstrations and presentations from re-enactors portraying President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a preacher, a battlefield surgeon and others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Teacher Erin Roche, who coordinated the event, said past students count Civil War Day among their favorite school memories.

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