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(KCEN) -- History lovers got a glimpse into an important part of America's past over the weekend. The city of Temple hosted it's sixth annual Battle of Temple Junction Civil War Reenactment.

The sound of cannons and the smell of gunpowder are familiar for reenactors like John Larson.

"It's history and I like getting in it," Larson said. "It's getting involved instead of sitting on the sidelines."

Over 200 reenactors in full gear came to Temple with one goal in mind. "The biggest hope that I have is for kids and adults both to understand the real history of the period," said Calvin Allen.
That's why every detail is important, from the flannel costumes to the antique guns. Weapons used by the reenactors are loaded with black powder and cream of wheat, so they make the same realistic sound you would have heard back in the battles.
Once weapons are loaded, it's time for the show and long-time reenactors get the whole family involved.
"We even have little ones that go on the field and carry our flags and ammunition for us," Ron Paynter said.

Enthusiasts say it's more than a hobby.

"Part of the reason I'm so passionate about this era is because I had family there," Larson said. "...Four of the five flags in front of my tent are for ancestors who fought during the civil war."

A part of history that comes to life through the battle and inspires even the youngest history buffs.

"I wanna be a historian, I might become a history teacher," said Hayden Martin.



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