Civil War trading cards commemorate 150th anniversary

Civil War trading cards commemorate 150th anniversary

(WMC-TV) - It could be a new trend among Mid-South kids and adults -- collecting Civil War trading cards.

And if you're a Civil War buff, you'll want to collect all 550 of them!

They look like baseball cards, except these cards feature the faces of Civil War personalities.

"There's a lot of great information on the back of these cards, it's got an individual's name and stats and it's a great show and tell," said Shiloh National Military Park Ranger Chris Mekow.

Shiloh National Military Park is now offering these cards as part of their new Civil War to Civil Rights focus on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

In all, children and adults can earn 10 cards from Shiloh.

One even includes former slave-turned-soldier Andrew Jackson Smith.

"I don't know if it's poor taste, it's history, it's American History and shows how the Civil War changed our country," Mekow added.

In all, there are 550 of these cards available throughout the National Park Service.

To earn a card, students may participate in a ranger lead tour or answer questions about their visit to the park.

"They represent what happened and what people did at Shiloh," said 6th grader Calvin Hullum.

Hullum collected quite a few cards during his visit.

"I think I'll keep these cards, they seem really nice. They represent how people did things, what they did, how it went down," Hullum explained.

Park officials say these cards will be available for the next four years.

"We promote discussion, we don't want to argue and yell and get into a lot of arguments over what went right or wrong, what happened and what didn't, we're dealing with facts," Mekow said.

As an added bonus, kids visiting Shiloh or Corinth Civil War Center will get a free Civil War backpack by showing one of these trading cards from another park to a Shiloh park ranger.

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