“The Civil War Experience” with Arn Kind Tuesday evening at East Central Regional Library Princeton provided a unique perspective on a key period in American history.

Kind is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling that has appeared in many documentaries and historical feature films, such as  “The Blue and the Gray,” “North and South,” and “Glory.”

A room filled with artifacts, uniforms and equipment played a key role in Kind’s presentation.

Those attending learned about the causes of the Civil War, events leading up to the war, the reasons men volunteered to go off and fight, and the daily life of a typical soldier.

Arn also talked about Civil War drill and tactics, including facings and marching, Manual of Arms, loading and firing procedures during battle, and the terrible cost of the war.

This program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Photos by Tim Hennagir

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