Stepping back in time

She said she also believed she had a great-grandfather who had one of his legs amputated in the war.

Connecting to the present

Capital District Blue Star Mothers of America, which is made up of mothers of children on active duty or veterans, had a table set up for people to write letters to individuals in active duty. The letters would be going out to troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and even some in the United States. Groups of schoolchildren had already written dozens of letters to be sent off as part of a school program.

"The reason the whole project got started was it was to make a connection between what would happen in the Civil War and what we can do now," said Karen Curtis with Blue Star Mothers.

Karen Bradley, coordinator for One County, One Book, said teachers suggested what would be appropriate to do in connection with the book focused on this year.

"It was a great connection with curriculum," said Bradley. "The letters that are here from Glen-Worden, those are from second graders. It is good for kids to know and understand."

There was a special event also held at Schenectady High School were actual letters and diaries written during the civil war, which were read by students in the county. For the letters written by students, Blue Star Mothers help find individuals to send the letters to, because any letter sent has to have a name attached to it.""

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