Field Trip

Nature_022Students in my Lincoln course today handed in essays based on an article we read and analyzed last week by Jean H. Baker.  They’ve been working hard and the classes are going well so I decided to take a little field trip over to the Confederate cemetery on the campus of the University of Virginia.  It was a beautiful day so it seemed like the right thing to do.  Later in the semester we are going to head down to the Civil War Center at Tredegar and spend some time at the Lincoln – Tad statue across the way.  There is a good chance that next week we are going to have historian William Freehling joining us to discuss perceptions of Lincoln here in Virginia during the secession winter.  That should be a real treat.  A few additional pictures of the trip can be found here.

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2 comments… add one
  • Kevin Levin Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:51

    Michael, — With all due respect, GET A GRIP. We spent the time thinking about the stories of the men buried and concentrated specifically on one grave of a 16 yr. old who was apparently killed at First Manassas. The students were actually quite moved by the site and asked some excellent questions. So they had a little fun along the way. Don’t you think the men buried there would be happy to know that someone stopped by to reflect. Give me a break!

  • Michael Aubrecht Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:42

    Kevin – I looked at the other pictures that you had posted… I think it is great that you took the students out to visit the graves, BUT don’t you think that giving the “thumbs up” and making “gang signs” is poor taste for a cemetery trip? Seems to me there was a blatant lack of respect (at least in those photos) for the dead that are buried there. I would be pretty upset if some teen was standing above my ancestor’s resting place giving the thumbs up, or made as you called them “Compton” gestures. You may want to look at that for future trips.

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