NEW MADRID -- Mike Comer first became interested in the Civil War as a third grader. It fueled a passion for history and eventually led to his current role as director of the New Madrid Hunter Dawson State Historic site, which tells the story of life in rural Southern Missouri just prior to the Civil War.
Now, Comer hopes to pass along that interest in history to other youngsters.
From 10 a.m. to noon Oct.13, children ages 9 to 12 will have the opportunity to learn about the daily life of the Civil War soldiers at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. Sponsored by the Missouri State Parks, the Civil War Boot Camp is free.
While they will have fun, Comer said the youngsters will gain some understanding into their own past.
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