Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors Drill for
Middlebury College President’s History Class — Backyard
at President’s House Becomes Civil War Campground
Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors
“drilled” in the backyard of the home of Middlebury
College President John M. McCardell, Jr. during the evening on
on Monday, September 27. The demonstration was presented for “The
Civil War and American Historical Memory,” a history class
taught at the College by McCardell.
McCardell’s class is a reading seminar
of 20 juniors and seniors that focuses on how historians and everyday
Americans choose to remember and re-use the Civil War. The class
reads works such as Lincoln’s Address at Gettysburg and C. Vann
Woodward’s “The Burden of Southern History.” The students
also watch movies such as “Birth of a Nation” and “Glory,”
and discuss these topics once a week.
The Reenactors are based in the nearby
town of Salisbury, but their membership stretches from all cross
the College’s immediate local community and beyond, presenting
encampments or marching in parades from Orwell, Vt., to Gettysburg,
Penn. Led by president Michael Blakeslee, the Reenactors value
the experience of educating young and old Americans as much as
firing blank rounds and fixing bayonets.