Research History at Washington Senior High School
Washington Courthouse, Ohio

Paul LaRue, instructor, standing - third from the right and members of the research history class. Civil War re-enactors are, left, Stephon Jones, Youngstown, Ohio and, right, Vince Mason, Columbus, Ohio, representing the 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment, organized at Camp Delaware, Ohio August to November 1863 as the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment (AD). - Photo by Bennie McRae

Washington Senior High School Website

http://www.washingtonch.k12.oh.us/mapsite

Research History Page

http://www.bjmjr.net/civwar/cem_ohio.htm

Dedication Ceremony - Section # 13

http://www.bjmjr.net/civwar/wash_hs.htm

2003-2004 Research History Class

http://www.bjmjr.net/research_history/wchshs.htm

Freedom Fighters - United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

http://www.usctcw.org

USCT Resting Places in Ohio

http://usctohio.org

Yellow Springs, Ohio Interviews - World War II and Korean War Veterans

http://www.bjmjr.net/spl_report/interviews.htm


"FINDING THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS"

February 12, 2002

The Washington Senior High Research History Class is a dedicated group of seniors who work directly with history. Each year, a new project is chosen. The projects typically focus on topics related to the Underground Railroad and black soldiers in the Civil War. The class has searched the Ohio Adjutant General's Graves Registration Database to find USCT and assemble a database of them. This database is being made public in the form of a website, which is being presented today.

The class is also working on a variety of diverse projects. Currently, grave markers for unmarked USCT graves are being obtained. These unmarked graves are also being indexed and researched. Also, several Fayette County, Ohio  sites are in the process of being included in the National Park Service's Network to Freedom. Various class members are also researching a variety of individual stories. Finally, on top of all this, the class is working on assembling information for an analysis of the USCT data.

The class is very different from most history classes, in that most of the research is with primary sources. Over the course of the project, students have visited cemeteries, conducted interviews, and sifted through thousands of graves registration cards. The level of dedication of this group of young people is extremely high. The students not only take time out of their regular school day to work on the project, but spend extensive time outside of school hours hard at work. Everyone participates, and everyone has an important role. It is a team effort, but one that could never be accomplished without outside help. Thanks to all of the individuals and organizations who have helped the class reach the point where the website can be launched!

Paul LaRue
Instructor


GO TO WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WEB SITE

GO TO WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCH HISTORY PAGE

RETURN TO RESTING PLACES OF UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

RETURN TO UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS IN THE CIVIL WAR

GO TO MILITARY HISTORY

GO TO LEST WE FORGET


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Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
LWF Network
Trotwood, Ohio

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