"Rob Stone's presentation delighted my Advanced Placement U.S. History students. His thoughtful and engaging first-person talk was not only accurate, but made the students think critically and ask in-depth questions." - Ross Dunbar, AP U.S. History instructor,
Ann Arbor (Michigan) Skyline High School
"So cool to hear things I never learned in school . . . much more interesting!"
"Such a great description of the more personal side of the soldier's life and experiences."
"Well done! Lots of useful information for all ages."
"Rob is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the Civil War."
"Good pacing and interesting artifacts enliven the topic of being a Civil War soldier."
"We would love to hear more of Rob's talks!"
"Helpful information and a convincing first-person impression."
"It was a very interesting talk, one that I shall never forget."
Why did men (and women!) become soldiers during the Civil War? What did they eat and wear? How did they deal with the stress of being apart from their homes and loved ones, and facing battle, wounds and death? What did they do for . . . fun? Let "Near as I Remember's" knowledgeable and entertaining talks transport you to that distant era of America's past!
I took up the hobby of Civil War re-enacting over 25 years ago. I portray a typical Yankee (i.e., Federal) infantryman. A deep knowledge of American social and military history, combined with participation in dozens of battle re-enactments, have equipped me to educate others about this crucial time.
My first-person talks can be adapted to meet the needs of a spectrum of audiences. Middle school or high school classes; colleges and universities; Civil War round tables and history clubs; social clubs; private and business events; parties: all these will find "Near as I Remember" an enlightening and informative experience.
In camp the common soldier faced disease, bad food and the rigors of army discipline. On campaign he learned to "rough it," paring his possessions to the essentials.
In diaries soldiers recorded their hopes, adventures and fears. Letters exchanged between soldiers and home were key to maintaining morale in both places.
Throughout history war has been chronicled in verse and lyrics. See how these art forms were employed during the Civil War.
As sons, husbands and fathers went to war, their families also dealt with harsh new realities.
The armies worked hard to supply their men with sufficient rations. But when it came to acquiring nourishment, troops often had to be inventive - and crafty!
The common soldier's weapons evolved throughout the war, as did their use. NOTE: This talk includes the display of firearms.
How did soldiers experience the confusion and terror of battle?
With the onset of winter armies left the roads and battlefields. Learn about what they did to pass the winter months in camp.
What was the Civil War soldier's clothing like? What equipment did he carry on the march, in camp or in battle? What items would he refuse to be without?
What were the reasons that men - and not a few women - entered the ranks of North and South to fight in the Civil War?
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