Kids get lesson on Civil War struggles

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April 4, 2012 - 12:00 AM

A photo of a lone Civil War soldier appeared on a screen at the beginning of a “Ghosts of the Civil War” presentation for Jefferson Elementary School fourth-grade students.

“We don’t know who this soldier is. He is one of hundreds of thousands who fought in the Civil War. He was like the soldiers of today — he had a family and hopes and dreams for a brighter future,” Jeff Kluever, director of the Allen County Historical Society, told the students.

Kluever told the students not to worry there weren’t any real ghosts floating around the room. They would see artifacts, letters and photos from the museum’s archives that would help them understand the reason why people fought 147 years ago during the Civil War — and that reason was to end slavery.

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