Simpson University Hosts Civil War Student Day

For Immediate Release


Photos from Simpson University’s 2012 Civil War Day

REDDING, Calif. - Abraham Lincoln made an appearance, as did Union and Confederate soldiers, a woman in hoop skirt and sunbonnet, a dog and a horse. An officer barked marching orders to “soldiers,” while another fired his musket into the air.

About 750 eighth-graders from throughout Shasta County met these and other characters Oct. 11 during Civil War Student Day, a partnership between Simpson University’s History Department and the Reenactors of the American Civil War.

The “living history” demonstration was divided into stations on the lawn outside the Grubbs Center, and school groups rotated through during two-hour morning and afternoon sessions. They learned about Civil War-era topics such as Union and Confederate cavalries, weapons, uniforms, dogs of the war, causes of the war, and 19th-century life.

Students were able to engage with costumed reenactors, explore camp life, handle artifacts, watch artillery demonstrations, and learn about battlefield tactics. At one station, an “officer” instructed them how to stand at attention and march in formation.

The event, the first of its kind put on by the History Department, was designed to supplement the eighth-grade social studies curriculum and educate students about the Civil War period.

“The History Department looks for ways we can promote history education in our community,” said Dr. John Ayabe, assistant professor of history at Simpson. “By bringing the reenactors and eighth-grade students together on our campus, we thought this event would be a great way to support the teachers of Shasta County. I think it’s part of what we do as a university for our local community.”


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Photos by Jessica Law


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