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Silent Auction Buy Takes Students Back in Time

October 01, 2004

St. James the Less Catholic School Principal David Burroughs, on Sept. 19, took six students back in time to the Civil War on a field trip to Fort Tejon State Historical Park.

While there, they witnessed two battle re-enactments, toured the camps of both the Union and the Confederate Armies and heard living history tours given by soldiers from the artillery, infantry and cavalry. During the tours, the students learned about how cannons were loaded, the many uses of a bayonet, and the proper use of a cavalry sabre, among many other things. In between battles and camp tours, they also visited a working blacksmith's shop, the fort's jail, the camp store, the Fort Tejon Museum, and the officer's quarters.

The students had come to Fort Tejon with Burroughs after purchasing the trip at the school's annual Silent Auction and Casino Night fund-raiser last year. The students who made this trek back in time were eighth-grader Kevin Henderson, fifth-graders Jason Lev, David Burkhart and Matthew Misetich, fourth-grader Ryan Flynn, and first grader Micahel Misetich. They had a fun-filled afternoon watching the battles, eating a picnic lunch, and walking around the fort.

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Fort Tejon is located on Interstate 5, near the Grapevine. It is an old Army fort that dates back to the pre-Civil War era. It is famous for its short-lived experiment with soldiers mounted on camels to patrol the surrounding desert. Although there were never any Civil War battles fought this far out West, more than 500 Californians traveled east to fight for the Union in the Civil War.

For the last 25 years, the Fort Tejon Historical Association has held battle re-enactments for the public on the third Sunday of each month, April through October.

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