Life During Wartime

Evans students see Civil War up close with reenactor

by Celia Shortt

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Civil War reenactor Scott Gilbert of Fayetteville shows Evans Middle School students what a soldier’s life was like during the Civil War. 


Last week, Evans Middle School students in Scott Zachry’s eighth grade Georgia history class experienced what life was like during the Civil War.

Zachry organized a program, featuring Civil War reenactor Scott Gilbert who created a small Civil War camp outside of Evans. The camp included tents, equipment, and two additional reenactors. All these elements helped create a picture of a soldier’s life during the Civil War.

“What I love about this event is it gives them (the students) a more realistic version of what war was like rather than watching it on tv and hearing me talk,” said Zachry.

Zachry met Gilbert when he was at another school before coming to Evans School. When he switched, he asked Gilbert to do his presentations there.

“It started in Coweta and has grown from there,” said Zachry.

He said Gilbert was able to present at Evans for almost 11 straight years, but this year is the first he’s been able to be there since 2009. His job changed at that time, but now he and his wife own a business and he is able to do these presentations at schools as a type of second job.

For Gilbert, it is a way he can fulfill the passion he’s had for history since he was eight years old.

“It’s what I do when I can,” he said. “Evans is where I began doing this. I’m always happy to be back. It’s a personal blessing.”

“I like the kids seeing what they normally wouldn’t,” he added.

During the reenactment, Evans’ students learned how to march, how to carry and present the flag, and how to shoot a musket.

Last week’s presentation was Gilbert’s 27th since September. He does them primarily at schools in Coweta, Fayette, and Henry counties but goes wherever he is invited. He has also done presentations at private schools and for homeschool students.



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