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Boy Scouts camp at Roseland Cottage

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Boy Scout Troop 36 from Moosup, Connecticut, camped at Roseland Cottage for two nights to explore Civil War history. From August 5 to 7, a dozen members of the troop participated in Rally ‘Round the Flag, a Connecticut School and Youth program. 

The Scouts formed a company, marched, and drilled; learned about medical practices and the treatment of wounded soldiers; constructed a one-quarter scale pontoon bridge; practiced the artillery drill; and learned to send encoded messages with signal flags. Several ambitious Scouts attempted to make hard tack. When queried by their leader, all of the boys gave the weekend an “enthusiastic thumbs-up.”  

pontoon bridge construction

Posted by Karin Tome on April 05, 2012
Hi, I noticed that the Scouts that went to Roseland Cottage built a 1/4 size pontoon bridge and we were thinking of doing the same thing! Where did you find instructions for this? Could you send them to me or give me the link? Thanks VERY much - I really appreciate it!

pontoon bridge

Posted by Carolin Collins on April 10, 2012
Thank you for your interest. According to Roseland Cottage Museum Teacher Herb Loughery, who helped develop the activity, "Material for recreating the 1/4 scale pontoon bridge model was derived from a number of primary and secondary sources but the Official Military Atlas of the Civil War - published as part of the War Department Official Records of the Civil War and since reprinted - contains measured drawings of the collapsible wooden and canvas pontoon bridges. I've included the following link to an article we wrote in 2007 detailing our recreation of the pontoon bridge and development of our school program:http://www.historicnewengland.org/[…]/pontoonbridge.pdf

If you have any further questions, please contact Carolin Collins, Education Program Manager, at ccollins@historicnewengland.org

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Boy Scouts camp at Roseland Cottage