Drury Professor Receives Grant to Study the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

For Immediate Release: September 1

Contact:
Dr. Randy Fuller
Drury Associate Professor of English
Office: (417) 873-7220
E-mail: rfuller@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 1, 2009 — Drury University Associate Professor of English Randy Fuller has been awarded a $160,231 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a summer workshop to study the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

Fuller, who is also the director of Drury’s honors program, will host around 80 high school teachers from around in the country in the summer of 2010 for a workshop called “Wilson’s Creek: How a Forgotten Battle Saved Missouri and Changed the Course of the Civil War.” The teachers will learn about the battle of Wilson’s Creek, the first major battle fought west of the Mississippi, and implement that knowledge in their history and literature courses.

“When most people think of Civil War battles,” Fuller said, “they think of Shiloh or Gettysburg or Antietam. But in the early days of the war Abraham Lincoln worried that if Missouri became a Confederate state, the Union cause would be lost. The battle of Wilson’s Creek ultimately made sure this didn’t happen. It was a pivotal event in 1861.”

Dr. Jayne L. White, Drury professor of education and child development, will also participate in the workshop as master teacher, helping high school teachers construct lesson plans about the Civil War.

Visiting workshop faculty will join Fuller from Harvard, Yale, Washington University, Hendrix and Missouri State.

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