Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

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Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

Annual class trip to Cortez Cemetery
Students in Bobby Sitton’s eighth grade class find the gravestone of Confederate soldier Stephen Winbourn as part of a Civil War gravestone scavenger hunt.
The annual Civil War cemetery trip is intended to bring history alive for the students, who may view the Civil War as something far from Cortez, Sitton said.
Cortez Middle School world studies teacher Bobby Sitton reads aloud from a 2011 article of the Cortez Journal about the local connection to the Civil War.
Bobby Sitton instructs his students in using the grave directory at the Cortez Cemetery.
Eighth grade students search for Civil War soldiers’ gravestones.
Students get creative in recording their scavenger hunt findings.

Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

Students in Bobby Sitton’s eighth grade class find the gravestone of Confederate soldier Stephen Winbourn as part of a Civil War gravestone scavenger hunt.
The annual Civil War cemetery trip is intended to bring history alive for the students, who may view the Civil War as something far from Cortez, Sitton said.
Cortez Middle School world studies teacher Bobby Sitton reads aloud from a 2011 article of the Cortez Journal about the local connection to the Civil War.
Bobby Sitton instructs his students in using the grave directory at the Cortez Cemetery.
Eighth grade students search for Civil War soldiers’ gravestones.
Students get creative in recording their scavenger hunt findings.

Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

Also as part of Bobby Sitton’s Civil War unit, local CPA and Civil War buff Chuck Forth visits the eighth grade class decked out as Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.

Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

Union soldiers such as Davis H. Sayler had government-issued shields on their markers in recognition of their service.

Eighth graders find local Civil War connections

Students place flags on the gravestones of veterans.
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