Civil War soldiers come to life at Iron Industry Museum
By Gabrielle Mays
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:46:05 GMT — A reenactment with soldiers from the Civil War were at the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee on Sunday. A 2,100 pound full scale cannon was on hand. The cannon can throw a nine pound shell up to three miles. Visitors also got a chance to see living quarters and learned about the rifles and the small arms soldiers carried.The goal of the demonstrations was to give people a chance to see what life was like for a Civil War soldier. "We certainly don't want to glorify war because there's nothing glorious about it, but certainly we want to honor the service that was provided by our ancestors--that's really both Union and Confederate. They were men and they were Americans," said Jim Newkirk, commander of Battery D. Around 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War. The war ended in the spring of 1865.
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