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Living history: LeDuc Historic Estate hosts Civil War Weekend in Hastings

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Dan Sherry (right) pulls the lanyard to fire a replica parrot rifle during a cannon firing demonstration as part of Civil War Weekend. Scott Wente / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks recites the Gettysburg Address during Civil War Weekend. Hicks said Minnesota's First Regiment that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg included many soldiers from Hastings. "I've always had a special feeling for that," he said. The First Regiment suffered an 87 percent casualty rate in the battle, Hicks said. Scott Wente / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Bill Dalin discusses Civil War artillery with visitors to the LeDuc Historic Estate on Saturday, Sept. 9. Dalin and other volunteers also carried out cannon and Gatling gun firing demonstrations as part of Civil War Weekend activities. Scott Wente / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
Kitt Klompenhower of Hastings holds up her peels at the end of an apple peeling contest during Civil War Weekend at the LeDuc Historic Estate Saturday, Sept. 9. Competing with Klompenhower were Molly Reynolds, 10, (center) and Ana Dailey, 13. 5 / 7
Steve Hinck cleans the inside of the replica 10-pound cannon after a firing demonstration. During the Civil War, a soldier would work out the cloth containing gunpowder to prevent the cannon from continuing to fire, Hinck said. Scott Wente / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Harold Longley demonstrates how a tenor sax horn was played by musicians in Civil War bands. Both the Union and the Confederacy had bands to entertain soldiers, Longley said. Scott Wente / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Visitor to the LeDuc Historic Estate last weekend watched cannons fire, listened to Civil War-era music and learned about life during the war for soldiers and citizens.

The LeDuc hosted its Civil War Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, providing a glimpse of life in a Union Army encampment through a number of demonstrations and speeches.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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