Recreating Civil War History

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN -- Fifth grade students at Dillingham Elementary brought history to life this afternoon.

Paula Parker's fifth grade students will recreate the Battle of Stagecoach Road from the Civil War.

It is the twentieth year that they have been reenacting battles.

Mrs. Parker says she started the program to help students get more interested in historical events.

Re-enactors from Paris and Gordonville are on hand to help teachers, excited to recreate the past.

The battle took place on the fields off Gallagher Road this afternoon.


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  • by Emily .w on May 6, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    This was a wonderful reanactmant that I have ever done. Mrs. Parker is my favorite teacher in the world. She rocks!!!!! She will not be waorking in the next year at Dillingham Intermediate school, but she never will be forgotten.
  • by Dan Location: Sherman on Apr 28, 2007 at 05:49 PM
    I have had the privilege working with Mrs. Parker since 1989 until the present. The subjects have been Native American, Western,Colonial, and Civil War. The methods were living history stations where different people could demonstrate hands on experience using artifacts and replica items. The young people could "see" by doing. To prepare for a reenactment requires a lot of work on her part away from doing normal class room preparation. It has been my honor to have been a part of David and Paula Parker's love and devotion to their students. They are great!!!
  • by student from dillingham Location: sherman on Apr 27, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    hi,my name is amber and i was in the civil war reenacment and it was awesome!i was a nurse and i saved about 7 people(pretendingly),but anyway this thing was soooooooooooooo, AWESOME! i will never forget it! thanks mrs.parker!! your the best,and DONT RETIRE!!! PLEASE!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2007 at 01:31 PM
    All students involved had a great experience. Every parent enjoyed seeing their children have fun and learn somethng valuable at the same time. Race was not an issue...it was the experience. Students have recreated numerous historical accounts all year long. Reliving history makes it more than just dates and memorized facts. When it peeks their interest it gets them talking to family and friends about what life used to be like. They learn very valuable lessons this way. They also learn why it's important to not let history repeat itself as they grow into our future citizens that run our country.
  • by Phillips Location: Steven on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    I'm not so sure that its really proper to have the children doing this. Did the little African Americans get to reinact that they were slaves???
  • by A Mom Location: Sherman on Apr 27, 2007 at 07:30 AM
    My children have learned so much through Mrs. Parkers reinactments at Dillingham. Even though they are in High School they still remember the leassons learned and it has given them an appreciation for history and a love of learning.
  • by Toshia Location: Sherman on Apr 26, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    FYI... The civil war reenactment was put together by Mrs. Paula Parker in conjunction with the Sherman SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans) camp. As has happened for the past couple of Dillingham reenactments. She had been putting them on two years apart, so there is no way that this is the 20th year. Please contact Mrs. Parker at Dillingham to straighten out the facts. Leaving out the local SCV camp makes them look lowly for not having participated when in fact they were more than involved. Please let this be known. Thank you.
  • by Anonomous Location: Denison on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:46 PM
    This is awesome...I now wish Id paid closer attention when I was in school, but back then didn't think the Civil War would ever affect me. Now at 50 and in doing my ancestry have discovered my g,g,grandfather was a Confederate in the 19th Texas Calvary....I have learned more about the Civil War at this age in life and am loving every single bit of it. The internet has provided so many things not available back then.......great that they are learning this!
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