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Bucky and Cheryl Ward, of rural Louisiana, shared stories of Civil War times with a large audience of students from the YMCA Day Camp program, as well as numerous interested children and adults who came to the Museum for the third in the summer series of programming on Wednesday afternoons.
The Louisiana Area Historical Museum is able to provide programming free to everyone, with thanks going out to the spring luncheon and the Henry Lay Foundation for financial support.
Cheryl Ward, dressed like a lady of the Civil War era, read portions of two books about “The Silent Witness,” a rag doll that was in the room during the signing of peace agreements as the Civil War ended. Kidnapped by soldiers who saw the doll as a valuable souvenir of that occasion, it was finally returned “home” to Appomattox to reside in a museum there after 125 years away. Having seen the real doll on display, Mrs. Ward shared her enthusiasm about its history with many more details than were contained in the books.
Bucky Ward, dressed in full costume of the common Union soldier of that time period, demonstrated how his Springfield rifle would have been used during battle. He explained to the audience some of the everyday trials and tribulations of the battlefield.
The Wards are well-known in the area for their living history presentations and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.
As students left the Museum, the Wards gave each one a piece of hardtack so they could sample what soldiers ate during Civil War times.