The Battle At Gettysburg From A Fifth Grader’s Perspective

A young historian dons a soldier's uniformEducating children about American History is one of our main focuses. We strive to engage children through books, original curriculums, and encouraging schools/ families to visit museums and noteworthy sites.

During the 150th Anniversary of the Battle at Gettysburg we spent time with Donovan, a 10-year-old student who showed great interest and aptitude towards the week of remembrance. His 5th grade class had spent the year touring the battlefields and  museums — several times. This past summer he recounted many of the facts he had learned from his teachers and tour guides.

After reciting the Gettysburg Address he pointed out the field where Pickett’s Charge occurred  – the “avoidable mistake” from which the Southern troops never recovered.

Earlier in the year his class reenacted Pickett’s Charge, and each student was assigned a specific soldier. His regiment was from Virginia. After going through the charge, they wrote an essay from that soldier’s perspective. Here is his account as a Civil War soldier from Virginia.

Read Donovan’s Battle of Gettysburg Personal Narrative >>

Donovan's Battle of Gettysburg Personal Narrative

 

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