School of the Sol­dier

Ben­nett Place is real­ly a gem in Durham. It’s appre­ci­at­ed for its his­tor­i­cal build­ings and the well-kept busi­ness records give us a peek at the every­day life of the time.

But it’s also impor­tant as a ral­ly­ing point for liv­ing his­to­ry events like this pro­gram where we learned so much about the dai­ly life of the south­ern sol­dier dur­ing the civ­il war era (in this case the NC 6th & 26th).

There were pre­sen­ta­tions on ear­ly music that would have fil­tered through the camps, the skills and pur­pose of the drum and bugle, peri­od kids games, reg­i­men­tal charges and mus­ket fir­ing, as well as a cook­ing demon­stra­tion in the Ben­net house kitchen over the open fire­place.

There will be one more day of this event (9/20/15) and oth­er events in Octo­ber, as well as the pop­u­lar Christ­mas in the Car­oli­nas in Decem­ber. There will even be a for­mal ball in the spring of 2016.

Ben­nett Place His­tor­i­cal Site, Durham, NC

pho­tos by: Huth­Pho­to

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