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Fort Morgan video

by fifer1863 on February 21, 2014

Fort Morgan, Alabama

Found this neat video on Fort Morgan that I thought I’d share.

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Gettysburg Vodcasts

by fifer1863 on July 15, 2013

“Middle School Students Create Vodcasts about

Civil War History in Gettysburg”

By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications — Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

Now that the dust has settled from the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, how doe the stories continue to be told for and by the next generation of leaders, historians, educators, and preservationists? Approximately 260 seventh-grade students at Gettysburg Area Middle School hopefully has an answer, as they have taken a different approach over the past year to learn about the history that took place right in their own community. They are part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s nationally award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® service-learning project, a groundbreaking initiative that engages middle-school students in interpreting the history within their own backyards. The students use primary source documents, humanities scholarship, music, dance, dramatic readings, role-playing and digital technology to create vodcasts or mini-movies for Gettysburg National Military Park. From beginning to end, the students serve as scriptwriters, actors, directors, choreographers, set designers, costume creators, videographers, and film editors to gain a deeper connection with our national history.

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They ultimately created six vodcasts on topics such as the Gettysburg battle, its legacy, civilian life, and the African-American experience, including: Signal Corps, Barlow and Gordon, Sculptor Gutzon Borgium, Markers in Time, Shriver Family and the Black Ducks. The students premiered their vodcasts at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference, with filmmaker Ric Burns providing keynote remarks and addressing the student’s work directly. The vodcasts debuted in time for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg and will become official interpretative material for the National Park Service. They can also be viewed on YouTube, SchoolTube, Comcast on Demand, Teachinghistory.org, hallowedground.org, and other sites.

The Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® program has engaged students at E. Russell Hicks and Springfield Middle Schools in Maryland; Stonewall Middle School, Smart’s Mill Middle School, and Sutherland Middle School in Virginia; as well as Harpers Ferry Middle School in West Virginia. The resulting mini-movies have become part of the official interpretative material for the National Park Service, including Manassas National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield and C & O Canal National Historical Park. In addition the JTHG Partnership has brought the program to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA and Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA.

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Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student has been recognized by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, won the 2010 WOW Award from the American Association for State and Local History, and received the 2009 Freeman Tilden Award, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to interpretation or education at a National Park”. The award is designed to recognize interpreters that develop, revitalize or deliver an innovative, pioneering or otherwise worthy interpretive or educational program. For more information about the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® project, or the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, or to see the vodcasts, visit www.HallowedGround.org/education.

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The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg

by fifer1863 on July 2, 2013

We had the unique opportunity to be invited to join author JD Petruzzi at the First Shot Marker that commemorates the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What made it extra special was that we were there, on that spot where 150 years ago Marcellus Jones fired that first shot of the battle.

First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg Monument

So CJ grabbed our copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and she shared his excitement about the event and recorded a section from JD’s book.

Here are some photos of the monument:

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Author JD Petruzzi

 

First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg Monument

If you are like me and enjoy exploring the Gettysburg battlefield (especially with kids), I highly recommend JD’s book: The Complete Gettysburg Guide

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Antietam YouTube Videos

September 13, 2012

With the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam you might want to go check out their YouTube Channel and learn more about the battle. Here is one that provides an overview of the events of September 17, 1862:  

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Hearing the Civil War: Music of the Civil War

July 25, 2012

Various types of music played key roles throughout the Civil War from the fife and drum to the bugle calls which rallied the soldiers and directed them on the parade ground and in battle. There were sentimental and patriotic songs which soldiers sung in camp in order to pass the time while remembering the homes […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Sarah

March 23, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Josh

March 22, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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An Interview with Gary Adelman

March 12, 2012

Here is a short video I did with Gary Adelman who is the Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust.  I shot this video a while back and just found it so I thought I would share.      

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Civil War Card Games – Faro

March 7, 2012

I filmed this video last summer in Gettysburg and never got around to editing it and uploading until now.  In the video the soldier is showing us how to play Faro which is a period card game. According to Wikipedia, Faro came to the US in the 19th century to become the most widespread and popularly […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 15 – YouTube and the Civil War

March 1, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I talk a bit about how you can use YouTube to teach and learn about the Civil War Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is by Mark Ferguson and is […]

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History Channel Movie on Gettysburg

May 21, 2011

On Monday, May 30, 2011, the History Channel will air a new Civil War film on Gettysburg.  This film is produced by Tony and Ridley Scott.  The trailer for the movie looks good so this is something that I am looking forward to watching.  If you are teaching the Civil War at this time of […]

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More Videos on the Internet

March 12, 2010

Today, I am sharing some links to some additional videos available via the Internet. Antietam – Civil War Artillery Demonstration (1:31) Firing a Civil War Musket (:44) Civil War Battle Reenactment, Spokane, WA (4:15) PBS: The Civil War (5 videos of various lengths) Shiloh Reenactment (14:08) The Civil War (14:37) The Civil War at Home […]

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More Videos on YouTube aka Civil War Music Videos

October 24, 2009

I have found a few more videos on YouTube that I would like to share with you. The first two were done by Tapsbugler (those familiar with the hobby will know who this is) and the first video is Field Musicians of the Civil War and the second video is Brass Bands of the Civil […]

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More Gettysburg YouTube Videos

September 26, 2009

Here are a few more short videos related to the Battle of Gettysburg for you to view: Three related to the story of Wesley Culp, Jack Skelley and Ginny Wade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti2PcQR-SdU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBi_Vgt2MWs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5jaJyJKY3s Story about Spangler’s Spring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj-mWP_H8P8 Just another great way for you to bring subject matter experts into your classroom. Enjoy

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Gettysburg Done in Legos?

April 12, 2009

Well, 145 years ago the Battle of Gettysburg was raging and would become what some would call the turning point of the Civil War. Recently, I was bored and started searching around YouTube for Gettysburg related videos and came across the following video and just had to share. I present, The Civil War: Gettysburg Day […]

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Teaching the Civil War with YouTube.

March 21, 2009

I have to admit right up front that I am not a big user of YouTube.   I have viewed some clips that people have sent me but I’m not a regular user. That being said, someone sent me a link the other evening to a video of a Civil War Fife & Drum group playing […]

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Civil War Artillery

February 21, 2009

Park Rangers at the numerous Civil War battlefields are a wealth of information. Unfortunately, it is difficult (if not impossible) and expensive for classes of students to venture out to a Civil War battlefield. So, how about bringing a Park Ranger to your classroom? Well, here is one way to do just that. Many of […]

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President Lincoln in Gettysburg

November 19, 2008

The following is from The Lincoln Log website and gives you an idea of what Lincoln’s day was like on November 19, 1863 prior to giving his famous speech. If you plan to have your students recite the Gettysburg Address for class, this should help provide some background information about the event.  Check out this […]

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