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History Department Group Does Community Service Project at Parker’s Crossroads

Nov 6, 2012

Twenty-three people, including 17 students and 6 faculty members, participated in a Phi Alpha Theta/history department-sponsored community service project at Parker’s Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park on November 6 as a part of Union’s “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service.” Members of the Rutledge Honorary History Club also joined in this activity. State Representative Steve McDaniel, who has been instrumental in assuring the preservation of the site, served as the host for the day. Participants divided into three work details: one group whitewashed the walls of a cabin in the park; a second group gathered up metal stakes left over from a weekend of events that marked the 150th anniversary of the battle of Parker’s Crossroads; and the third group cleaned up re-enactors’ weekend campsites and took unused firewood to a storage shed. Following a box-lunch meal, project participants joined with other workers at the battlefield site to dismantle a large pavilion tent.

In the afternoon, the Union University contingent watched a video presentation about the battle of Parker’s Crossroads, which was fought on December 31, 1862, and Representative McDaniel then took group members to some of the battlefield tour stops. One of the stops was where the first shots of the battle were fired, and another dealt with the course of the fighting during the mid-morning, when the Union forces were on the defensive. Both the Confederate and Federal forces claimed victory after the one-day battle was over. Following the guided tour, the Union University group returned to Jackson.


Participants in the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park pause for a photo before dividing into work groups. They are: (front row, left to right) Dr. Stephen Carls, Lowell Van Ness, Logan Smith, Colton Gebben, Cale Little, Glenae Nora, Heather Stricklin, Mary Ellen Poe, and Kenan Keller; (standing behind, left to right) Dr. David Thomas, Katy Fraley, Kenton Evans, Charles Snow, Dr. Henry Allen, Will Miller, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Dr. Terry Lindley, Autumn Hill, Dr. Judy LeForge, Patricia Dawson, Gracie Wise, and Dr. Keith Bates. Photo by Jacob Moore


Dr. Stephen Carls (left) and State Representative Steve McDaniel talk to the Union University community service participants at the beginning of their project at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Colton Gebben (left to right), Dr. Henry Allen, Cale Little, and Jeffrey Lewoczko pause for a photo while carrying out their assignment of cleaning campsites at Parker's Crossroads on November 6.


Union University participants in the community service project at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012, use golf carts to travel about picking up metal stakes used the preceding weekend for activities that were a part of the 150th anniversary of the battle on December 31, 1862.


Charles Snow (left), Dr. David Thomas (second from left) and Kenton Evans (right) watch while a park worker loosens a metal stake at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Kenan Keller pulls up a metal stake at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Day of Remembrance participants at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park enjoy the use of a golf cart while traveling through the park carrying out their work assignment. They are (left to right) Logan Smith, Dr. Keith Bates, Kenan Keller, and Lowell Van Ness.


Charles Snow (left) and Will Miller ride on the back of a golf court driven by Dr. David Thomas while carrying out their work assignment at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park on November 6, 2012.


History majors Cale Little (left) and Jeffrey Lewoczko on November 6 cover the remnants of a campfire site left from a 150th anniversary reenactment weekend that took place on November 2-4 at the site of the Civil War battle of Parker's Crossroads in December, 1862.


Union students Autumn Hitt (left to right) Katy Fraley, Heather Stricklin, and Glenae Nora help prepare a cabin interior for the application of a coat of whitewash on its walls at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Senior history major Patricia Dawson and Dr. Judy LeForge use masking tape to help prepare a cabin interior for the application of a coat of whitewash at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


History majors Gracie Wise (front) and Patricia Dawson apply a coat of whitewash to a cabin wall at Parker's Crossroads as a part of a Phi Alpha Theta/history department-sponsored community service project on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Phi Alpha Theta and history club members Lowell Van Ness (left) and Jeffrey Lewoczko (center) load firewood onto a pickup truck at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012.


History major Colton Gebben carries a large piece of firewood to load onto a pickup truck at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012.


Phi Alpha Theta President Jeffrey Lewoczko (left) unloads a large piece of firewood from a truck parked in a storage building at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park on November 6, 2012. Charles Snow (center) and Dr. Henry Allen also help with the unloading process.


Participants in the history department's November 6 community service project at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park take a lunch break following a busy morning of work activities.


Participants in the history department's community service project at Parker's Crossroads on November 6 help dismantle a large pavilion tent by holding onto support poles. They are: (left to right) Heather Stricklin, Gracie Wise, Dr. Judy LeForge, Mary Ellen Poe (face not visible), Dr. Keith Bates, Kenan Keller, and Autumn Hitt. ( Photo by Jacob Moore)


Dr. David Thomas unties a rope during the dismantlement of a pavilion tent at Parker's Crossroads on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Katy Fraley (front, left to right), Patricia Dawson, and Heather Stricklin help prepare a dismantled tent at Parker's Crossroads for storage on November 6, 2012. Standing in the background are Union community service participants Mary Ellen Poe (left to right), Gracie Wise, Dr. Keith Bates, and Logan Smith. Photo by Jacob Moore


Patricia Dawson (left) and Glenae Nora celebrate their success in removing a large tent stake from the ground on November 6, 2012. Photo by Jacob Moore


Participants in the history department's community service project at Parker's Crossroads battlefield park sit in the park's Interpretive Center to watch a video of the Civil War battle fought at Parker's Crossroads before going on a tour of the park. They are: (front row, left to right) Dr. David Thomas, Gracie Wise, Katy Fraley, Colton Gebben, Dr. Stephen Carls, and Patricia Dawson; (second row, left to right) Kenton Evans, Glenae Nora, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Cale Little, Lowell Van Ness, Kenan Keller (face obscured), Autumn Litt, Heather Stricklin, and Mary Ellen Poe; (third row, left to right) Dr. Terry Lindley, Dr. Judy LeForge, Logan Smith, Charles Snow, and Dr. Keith Bates. Photo by Jacob Moore


Rutledge Honorary History Club President Mary Ellen Poe stands by a cannon in the Interpretive Center at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park on November 6, 2012.


State Representative Steve McDaniel (center) talks to Dr. Terry Lindley (left) and Dr. David Thomas about the beginning phase of the Battle of Parker's Crossroads during a tour of the battlefield on the afternoon of November 6, 2012.


State Representative Steve McDaniel describes the initial phase of the battle of Parker's Crossroads to Union University community service participants on November 6, 2012.


Participants in the history department community service project gather around a cannon at Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Park toward the conclusion of their day there. At the front left are Patricia Dawson (wearing white sweatshirt) and Glenae Nora (wearing brown jacket); the others are (starting on the left behind Patricia and moving right) Heather Stricklin, Gracie Wise, Mary Ellen Poe, Will Miller, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Logan Smith, Kenton Evans, Colton Gebben, Dr. Keith Bates (standing directly behind Colton), Cale Little, Dr. Terry Lindley, Charles Snow (dressed in gray sweatshirt), Kenan Keller (dressed in red), Lowell Van Ness (dressed in red), Autumn Litt (directly in front of Lowell), Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Stephen Carls, Katy Fraley, Dr. Judy LeForge, and State Representative Steve McDaniel. Photo by Jacob Moore