GALLIPOLIS — The eighth grade class had a special guest visitor on Thursday – the sixteenth president of the United States of America.
The local chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans Cadot-Blessing Camp 126 and member Kevin Dennis portrayed Abraham Lincoln as part of a historical display on the American Civil War. On hand was original equipment from the Civil War and several members capable of sharing their knowledge with students.
Tim Huffman, history teacher at GAMS and member of the Sons of Union Veterans, coordinated the day.
“The kids are going to love this, they just don’t get to do fun stuff like this very often,” Huffman explained.
“Lincoln” made a special entrance, with a full honor guard dressed in standard gear of the time period. Dennis, as Lincoln, shared a wealth of knowledge on the late president.
Lincoln’s family first moved to the midwest with his grandfather, who was killed by Native Americans.
“This incident almost claimed Abraham’s life as well,” explained Dennis. “His uncle Mordecai saved his life.”
Dennis said he enjoys portraying Lincoln because of the immense history around the late commander-in-chief.
“President Lincoln is remembered for his actions and how he handled the war. His strong moral character is also very interesting,” said Dennis.
After his presentation students were invited on stage to examine the many artifacts on hand. The Sons of Union Veterans brought firearms, sabers and blades, revolvers, flags, musical items, munitions, and authentic documents. The students were presented with history they could touch and experience.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org