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Fifth Graders Bring Civil War Figures to Life
Posted 06/12/2018 11:02AM

It is hard to fathom something as enormous as the U.S. Civil War. It is harder to imagine what life was like for people who lived through it. Barnesville fifth graders have been working to do just that. As part of their study of the Civil War, students visited battlefields and museums in May and today took on the personas of people whose names and deeds defined the era.

Dressed in character, students shared first-person biographical information about famous figures from the Civil War. Parents and students from other grades heard key facts and stories about the iconic figures.

Did you know...

Annie Etheridge earned a reputation as the bravest nurse in the war. She was one of only two women to receive the Kearny Cross for her work rescuing wounded soldiers.

John Buford, known for his command in the Battle of Gettysburg, and having survived many other battles, died of typhoid before the War ended.

Frances Clayton disguised herself as a man to be a “horseman” in the Union Army, riding in front of the troops. She had to walk over her husband’s dead body to reload her gun and protect herself at the Battle of Stones River.

Harriet Tubman, born into slavery and escaping to find freedom in Philadelphia, made as many as 19 trips on the “Underground Railroad” to help escort hundreds of other slaves to freedom.

John Brown was a famous Abolitionist known for the Slave uprising in Harpers Ferry, but did you know he had 11 children?

Robert E. Lee declined a command in the Union Army to instead plan attacks against it. He didn’t like slavery, but opposed racial equality. He was married to Martha Washington’s great-granddaughter.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw is famous for his legendary command of the first all-black regiment of the Union Army. Before the War that would end his life, he lived a privileged life as the son of a successful merchant.

Ulysses S. Grant of course led the Union to victory. He was educated at the U.S. Military Academy because his family could not afford to send him to college.

Clara Barton is best known for founding the American Red Cross, but before her work as a battlefield nurse, she started teaching at age 15.  

You can see photos of these infamous figures on Facebook.

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