Successful Student Preservationists
By Jocelyn Gray
On May 12, 2011, the sophomore American history class from Monmouth Academy in Monmouth, Maine, performed “Voices of the American Civil War.” The students created this performance for the community, reciting famous Civil War letters, speeches, and accounts they had chosen. We hoped that they would receive donations from their performance to support battlefield preservation to save a portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield. As well as performing their pieces and decorating the school's cafeteria, the students also made their own Slave Code Quilt square to put in frames to raffle off during the performance. The audience also had a chance to try real Civil War recipes as refreshments. The students performed with great confidence in hopes of raising money to send to the Civil War Trust. The students wanted to save a part of Fredericksburg because of the heroics of the 20th Maine during this battle and because it’s one of the fields in great need of additional preservation.