Teaching the Civil War to kids

This is a pretty good idea:
Karen Boucher's language arts class are examining the letters and trying to research who the letter writers were and whether they have modern-day descendants. "It's kind of like decoding the past," Boucher said. The letters come from Boucher's great-great-grandfather ... [and] were discovered four years ago ... More than 30 letters were found in a small pouch, along with other artifacts.
This is absolute bosh:
On June 1 students will wear period uniforms of their own making, visit a makeshift battlefield medical tent and re-enact Pickett's Charge, which took place on the third day of the battle of Gettysburg.
Oddly enough both are part of the same school project.