Lake Almanor students learn about the Civil War

At Hawes Farms in Anderson, Lake Almanor Christian School students participate in a Union Army drill. The students learned much from the re-enactors during their Sept. 26 field trip. Photo submitted
Kate West
Logan Dunbar


Thursday, Sept. 26, was a step back in time for Lake Almanor Christian School fourth- through 12-grade students when they journeyed to the historical Hawes Farms in Anderson.

Since 1863, Hawes Farms has been a nonprofit, family-owned farm, enticing people’s interests to learn more about farming and the history of the area.

Recently, Hawes Farms hosted the RACW, the Re-enactors of the American Civil War. The purpose of their visit was to help the students visualize the warfare of that era.

They taught the students many things about the war and also sparked student interest in learning more about our country.

The students enjoyed being under the command of a Union Army infantry lieutenant, who taught them how to hold firearms properly as a soldier would.

Included in the day’s education were many interesting facts about flags.

Many of the younger students as well as quite a few of the older ones enjoyed the intriguing stories and facts about the animals that participated in the Civil War.

As the day continued, cannons were fired, men fought on horseback and, in moments of camaraderie, the re-enactors teased the students about their marching skills.

It was certainly a fun day for everyone that was topped off by jumping on a giant blowup “pillow”!

The historical Hawes Farms has plenty more to offer and the students all voiced their desire to return another day.


Note: Logan Dunbar is an eighth-grade student studying journalism as part of his curriculum at Lake Almanor Christian School.

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