"Okay soldiers, we're going to be amputating today with this saw here. Don't worry about the rust. We'll give you a bullet to bite on."
Not the words you would normally hear during a school day in room 125 at . But then again, Thursday wasn't a typical school day and room 125 had become a confederate hospital overnight.
Approximately 200 students, half in union blue and half in confederate grey, took part in the 9th interation of Civil War Day at McAlister.
"I like it better acting it out," said student Amy Colson. "I can't just sit still and read about it. I like to have it be hands-on."
"We're here to help keep American history alive through hands on presentation," said Capt Elliot Levy of the 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery. "We augment the hard work done by "General" Deb Newby and the staff here."
The war that kept Americans battling from 1861 through 1865 provided a unique source of immersive learning for students on Thursday.
"It would be hard being away from my family," explained student Sarah Rossi. "And the food... it's not the best. Although I like beef jerky."