They Fought Like Tigers: Unsung Heroes of the Civil War Era.
The year 1863 marked the turning point of the Civil War. Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg halted a tide of Confederate victories. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation meant that the object of the war had shifted from one of just preserving the Union to having a dual purpose of also abolishing slavery.Furthermore, Lincoln's proclamation authorized the recruitment of African American soldiers, which was not only a step towards equality, but it also signaled a psychological shift due to the impact of former slaves taking up arms against their masters. Fort Scott played a role in the recruitment and training of black regiments who were the first to serve from a northern state and the first to defeat the Confederates in combat.
Sponsored by the National Park Service and the Lowell Milken Center, this teachers' workshop will examine the stories of these soldiers and other unsung heroes of the Bleeding Kansas/ Civil War era. Using project based learning, participants will examine ways to bring the stories of these unsung heroes to life for their students.
Agenda for Teachers Workshop
Friday, September 20
3:30 p.m. - Participants arrive and check in
4:00 p.m. - Workshop opening, overview and logistics
Barak Geertsen, Park Ranger, Fort Scott NHS
4:15 p.m. - "Williams' Response to Lincoln Sparked a Turning Point"
4:30 p.m. - "Down the Military Road and Beyond" 1st Kansas Presentation
5:45 p.m. – Break
6:00 p.m. - From Enlistment to Grave-Evening Tour of Fort Scott
7:00 p.m. - Dinner, Crooner's Lounge-optional
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. - Welcome: They Fought Like Tigers: Overview of Educational Resources at Fort Scott NHS
9:15 a.m. - "Flawed Freedom Fighters" Border Wars presentation
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. – Freedom's Road: African Americans in the Civil War"
12:00 p.m. – "The Underground Railroad in Kansas
12:35 p.m. - Lunch
1:50 p.m. - Project Based Learning Seminar-Lowell Milken Center
3:35 p.m. - Break and commute to National Cemetery·
4:00 p.m.- Cemetery Talk
4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks-at Cemetery
Did You Know?
Many officers at Fort Scott in the 1840s owned slaves. One particular slave, Anna, was rented to Hiero Wilson, post sutler. Born free and educated, she was kidnapped into slavery in 1820, In 1849, she regained her freedom, married, operated a hotel in Eastern Kansas, and later became a pioneer.