People watch "living history camp" at Fort Kearny

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The sunny day gave people in Kearney a chance to experience a bit of history first hand.

People reenact how people in the Civil War used a cannon on Sunday afternoon at Fort Kearney. (Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

Fort Kearny Historical Park put on a Civil War reenactment Independence Day weekend.

"I think it's important for people to remember the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price to protect our country and our freedom, and to give thanks to the soldiers and families today who are still making a lot of sacrifices," said Paul Shaneyfelt, one of the reenactors.

The actors were all dressed in clothing from the Civil War era. Some of them played soldiers, while others played homemakers. They taught the crowd how the cannons worked, what their uniforms were made of and what it would've been like to live during that time.

Families acted out a living history camp, which featured common items you could've used in a Civil War camp. Young girls played with cards, while a woman sewed nearby.

An actual cannon from the Civil War period is at Fort Kearny. The reenactors shot it off at a demonstration Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not aware of anything in the Midwest that is a historic barrel that is still being used. You might find some on the east and west coast that are historical forts that still have the original armament," Shaneyfelt said.

Sunday was the last day for the reenactment. They'll have more starting Labor Day weekend.