A group of Junior ROTC cadets took a step back in time to view both a critical turning point in U.S. history and early military methodology on the battlefield.

The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership and diversity.

More than 100 cadets from Lee Magnet High School and Baton Rouge Magnet High School spent Oct. 26 at Port Hudson State Historic Site touring the site of the longest siege — 48 days — in American military history. The cadets were briefed on the use of weapons of the period and walked a significant part of the battlefield that pitted 30,000 Union troops against 6,000 Confederate soldiers and resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 combatants.

The JROTC group was under the direction of Sgt. Major Curtis Davis and Master Sgt. Robert Morrisette.