The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Skip to Navigation

Battle of First Manassas (1861/2011)

On the heels of receiving its latest national award – this one from the American Association of State and Local History – the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™ service-learning program worked with the Civil War National Parks within the JTHG National Heritage Area to help commemorate the sesquicentennial of America Civil War. First stop: Manassas National Battlefield Park.

From beginning to end, 400 students from Stonewall Middle School created, produced, and directed vodcasts, offering their interpretations of the battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) and Second Manassas. For middle schoolers, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play a crucial role in the national historic commemoration and experience history like never before. 

Their vignettes have become part of the official interpretive materials at Manassas National Battlefield Park and Prince William County’s Sesquicentennial Commemorations of the American Civil War, where President Obama has been invited, and will be available to educators, students and visitors worldwide through the Internet. 

Special thanks to all the JTHG partners who helped make this happen including: The National Endowment for Humanities, Virginia Department of Education in partnership with Learn and Serve America, Richard S. Reynolds Foundation, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Prince William County Schools and the Prince Williams/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Watch our vodcasts below
  • Gustav: The 11-Year-Old Drummer Boy Who Went to War

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA, interpret the role of battlefield medicine during the Battle of First Manassas, July 21, 1861. The battle and its casualties are seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old German drummer boy named Gustav.

  • Life on the Home Front in 1861

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA show the toll of the Civil War on the families from both the Union and Confederate perspectives. How do you say good-bye and what happens when loved ones do not return?

  • Story of James Robinson

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA tell the story of James Robinson, who was born in 1799 to a white father and an enslaved mother. While was a free black man, his children were not. This is the story of his perseverance to create a better life for his family as the American Civil War rages around them.

  • Leadership of Lincoln and Davis in 1861

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA examine Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis to answer the question: "How did these leaders view the Civil War in 1861?"

  • Taking a Stand: Stonewall Jackson

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA explore "Who was Stonewall Jackson?" by going "back in time" to see what it means to "take a stand" for what you believe, whether or not you feel the time is right. 

  • The Immigrant Experience in the American Civil War

    Students from Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, VA interpret the Battle of First Manassas, July 21, 1861, through the perspective of Irish immigrants who fought in the battle. The students relate the experiences of these Irish immigrants to their own experiences as to why their families left their native countries to come to America. 

Back to top