Local History Curriculum Available On Union County Government Website

Press release provided by ucnj.org

History teachers and history buffs are invited to use a new online teacher-designed curriculum based on Union County’s 10 Medal of Honor recipients. The curriculum is available on the Union County website, at ucnj.org/medal-of-honor-memorial.

“As we commemorate the 350th anniversary of the City of Elizabeth and the 150th  anniversary of the Civil War, Union County is aiming to raise awareness of 10 extraordinary local heroes who, as soldiers in battle, received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, for their bravery in combat,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. 

Chairman Hudak noted that development of the school curriculum followed the dedication of a permanent monument to the county’s 10 Medal of Honor recipients held on October 25, 2013. 

The monument is located within the County government complex in Elizabeth, behind the Union County Courthouse. It faces Elizabethtown Plaza at the corner of Rahway Avenue.

The 10 Medal of Honor recipients range from the Civil War to Vietnam.

Franklin Stebbins of Clark, a history teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, volunteered to draft the curriculum and worked with the Freeholder Board and Department of Human Services, Office of Veterans Affairs staff, to finalize the develop the curriculum.

Mr. Stebbins is also the Public Relations/PRIDE Chair for the Union County Education Association.

“Teachers and others interested in history may use this online curriculum in whole or in part to generate discussion, conduct research, and engage in special projects,” Chairman Hudak noted.  “We also encourage teachers and all students of history to visit our Medal of Honor memorial site in Elizabeth.”

 For information on all Union County services and programs visit ucnj.org.

Steve April 05, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Beware teachers! There are mistakes in the materials being provided by the County. For example, in the material concerning James Madison Drake -- he always used "J. Madison Drake" -- the third paragraph mentions the Army of the Potomac crossing into Virginia on March 24, 1861. However, no such thing happened. Indeed, the Army of the Potomac didn't even exist on that date, and the Civil War had not yet started. As another example, the first paragraph of the materials for Rufus King, Jr., states that he first served three months in 1861 with the 7th NY Militia. That is incorrect. The 7th NY State Militia -- quite notoriously -- struck a deal to serve only 30 days of federal service in 1861, in exchange for dropping everything in response to President Lincoln's initial call for volunteers. (Other Northern regiments did agree to serve the full three months.) The 7th did serve a few days longer than 30 days in Washington -- not seeing any combat -- but being mustered out in Manhattan on June 3 (thereby missing the first major Civil War engagement at Bull Run the following month).


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