Lancaster's Little Red Schoolhouse

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Lancaster hosted a living history event which showcased displays and demonstrations of what life was like back in the time of the American Civil War.  

The Little Red Schoolhouse.

The Little Red Schoolhouse.

Schoolhouse interior.

Schoolhouse interior.

Sounds of fife and drum filled the air!

A Confederate Artillery Battalion demonstrated what everyday life was like for a Rebel soldier including rifle firing and how to load the mortar unit.  

Confederate Artillery Battalion.

Confederate Artillery Battalion.

FIRE!!

FIRE!!

The fine points of loading the mortar.

The fine points of loading the mortar.

A Union Surgeon showed spectators the crude medical instruments of the time including a bullet probe and bone saw.  Discussions included common soldier illnesses and ailments including Scurvy and malnutrition, Dysentery, and infections, Gangrene and amputation.  

Primitive and crude medicine of the time.

Primitive and crude medicine of the time.

Discussions of surgical instruments and elixirs. 

Discussions of surgical instruments and elixirs. 

Union Engineers discussed the importance of road-building, field obstacles, mapping and surveying and how each of effected the life of the infantry soldier especially in combat scenarios.  Loading and firing the Enfield Rifle was shown.  

Company A Union Engineers with General Grant.

Company A Union Engineers with General Grant.

FIRE AT ELEVATION!!

FIRE AT ELEVATION!!

It's obvious from this photo that the high point of the day for this young man was being able to hold the musket!

It's obvious from this photo that the high point of the day for this young man was being able to hold the musket!

There was a bayonet drill and talk of the design and effectiveness of the bayonet as a deadly and gruesome weapon.  

Bayonet lunge!

Bayonet lunge!

The triangular design of the bayonet leaves a gaping wound that is hard to close with sutures making first aid on the battlefield extremely difficult.

The triangular design of the bayonet leaves a gaping wound that is hard to close with sutures making first aid on the battlefield extremely difficult.

President Lincoln, Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee were present as well.

From the "History | Town of Lancaster website" - The “little red schoolhouse” on Bowen Road and William Street was constructed in 1868. The one room schoolhouse was built of locally-made brick and was heated by a pot-bellied stove in the center of the room. Each desk has its own ink bottle hole. The school was in operation until 1948. A fire in 1968 destroyed the roof and building interior. With a goal of restoring the building and preserving its history, the Lancaster Historical Society was formed in 1973. Work was completed in 1978 and the school continues to be open to the public to date.

See the "Little Red Schoolhouse" gallery for more images.