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Horses were used during the American Civil War (1861–1865). History fans acted out a Civil War battle. The battle happened in Virginia 150 years ago. People dressed the way soldiers did. The men in blue coats play the Union Army. The gray coats are Confederate Army soldiers.

Scientists can control giant flower beetles. They attach a wire to the insect’s wing muscles. A computer sends an electric signal to control the wings during flight. Scientists are working to see if they could be used by militaries to spy or look for people who need help.

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Making Connections


Would you allow your pet or favorite animal to help soldiers in a war? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about animals in the military? What were their jobs? How did they help people?


The animals in this book help people in militaries. How else do animals help people? How can you help animals?

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