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|Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2009 05:13 pm||
|Another avenue would be to find a near-by Civil War Round Table. Standard practice is to meet on a given week night monthly. Usually there's a speaker on a specific topic and meetings are usually in a room made available by a library, legion hall, restaurant, park district, et al.
Typicacally, there will be a reenactor(s) in that group who will be able to fill you in on obscure local events where he (and you) will see various uniforms and equipment. Usually at such events, the participants are specifically to chat and answer questions about their units, their personna (nearly everyone of them assumes the name of an actual soldier and is well versed in the unit and battles), their uniform, their muskets and swords and handguns (ooooooooooo). Frequently, they put on demonstrations at schools, so many will be well-versed in talking to young people.
Your little yank is much to small to participate, but you might consider getting him drum lessons so is prepared in about three or four years to get active. (Different groups have different rules about participation. And, don't panic! Music stores sell practice pads) Also, meanwhile, keep his interest alive with movies and picture books. (Your judgement on movies -- wars mean killing. Lots of it.)
If his enthusiasm remains high, he will work hard to be able to read grown-up books in a few years.
This summer, take him over to Wilson's Creek or Pea Ridge Battlefields. Don't know if they have a theater with a 15-minute movie about that particular battle, but a cap and a T-shirt and a pin and replica minie balls (bullet) will give him the beginning of a collection of the kind of junk little boys cherish. Most will also sell or rent a cd or tape with a driving tour. "Over to your right is ......" And "Leave your car for a minute to read the marker just in front of you to your left."
Lucky boy to have a mom willing to put in that much effort in something that will fade (temporarily) when he discovers girls.