Perryville Elementary remembers Appomattox

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Buntings hung from the gymnasium stage and tables as 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students filled the room. They listened as local historians and politicians gave their thoughts on the war and its importance in the area’s history. And they listened to a reading of Gen. Lee’s Order No. 9, his farewell address.

It was all part of a remembrance ceremony at Perryville Elementary School (Boyle County) of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the peace agreement between Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Schools and other organizations nationwide participated in “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox”.

After the speakers, the students separated into Union or Confederate camps. The Confederate students received parole papers. Children on the Union side received Necco wafers, a candy that was around during the Civil War. After the Confederate students were paroled, the Union students shared their candy with them as a way to symbolize the two armies coming together as one nation.

As part of the event, students were encouraged to enter an essay contest answering the question “How do two opposites create peace and unity?” Winners of the contest will be announced later in the school year.

Boyle County Judge Executive told the students, “We can’t understand what it was like to be part of the battle, but we can remember that people can settle their differences in a better way than war.”

Click here to learn more about the Perryville Battlefield.

 

Fourth-grade student Mattie Johnson waits for the activities to begin at Perryville Elementary School (Boyle County). Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Fourth-grade student Mattie Johnson waits for the activities to begin at Perryville Elementary School (Boyle County).
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Amber Mattingly hands out candy wafers to students who chose to be part of the Union Army at Perryville Elementary. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Amber Mattingly hands out candy wafers to students who chose to be part of the Union Army at Perryville Elementary.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Kurt Holman writes a paroled prisoner pass to 5th-grade student Terry Hoven. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Kurt Holman writes a paroled prisoner pass to 5th-grade student Terry Hoven.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Fourth-grade student Annie Roution holds her paroled prisoner pass. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Fourth-grade student Annie Routian holds her paroled prisoner pass.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Jacob Salley talks with students who were part of the Union Army. At left is principal Chris Stone.  Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Civil War reenactor Jacob Salley talks with students who were part of the Union Army. At left is principal Chris Stone.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Perryville Elementary School (Boyle County) student council president Reagan Maddox rings a bell four times, once for each year of the Civil War. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Perryville Elementary School (Boyle County) student council president Reagan Maddox rings a bell four times, once for each year of the Civil War.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Fourth-grade student Avery Bodner waves a flag after the activities concluded.  Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015
Fourth-grade student Avery Bodner waves a flag after the activities concluded.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2015

 

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