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service learning project medal of honor memorial old town maine
Service Learning Project

Medal of Honor Memorial

Old Town, Maine

mission
Mission

A request from Mr. Matt Dunlap, the Maine Secretary of State to create memorials to remember and honor the Medal of Honor winners from the State of Maine. Requested that the memorials be created in the birthplaces of the Medal of Honor winners from all conflicts.

the process
Email from Secretary of State

Develop a Plan

Contact Town

Contact MSO

Contact Art Department

Choose a Site

Publicity

Fundraising

Purchase Materials

Get Volunteers

Get Professionals

Install Memorial

Dedication Ceremony

The Process
background
Background

The President, in the name of Congress,

Has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of

Honor to our nation's bravest Soldiers,

Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast

Guardsmen since the decoration's

creation in 1861.

criteria for award
Criteria for Award

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the

name of Congress, to a person who, while a member of

the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by

gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above

and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action

against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in

military operations involving conflict with an opposing

foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces

engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing

armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent

party.

criteria continued
Criteria Continued

The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

historical medals of honor
Historical Medals of Honor

Navy

1862

Tiffany Cross

1919

Army

1904

Army

1896

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Current

Medal of Honor

Designs

old town s medal of honor recipient
Old Town’s Medal of Honor Recipient

Brigadier General (then Captain)

LEWELLYN G. ESTES

Old Town, Maine

citation
Citation

Rank and organization: Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, Volunteers.

Place and date: At Flint River, Georgia, 30 August 1864.

Entered service at: Penobscot, Maine.

Birth: Old Town, Maine.

Date of issue: 29 August 1894.

Citation: Voluntarily led troops in a charge over a burning bridge.

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Historical Account of the Event

Late in the afternoon of August 30, 1864, General Howard's advancing Union Infantry camped about four miles from the Flint River in Georgia. Without water for his exhausted troops, General Howard asked Captain Lewellyn Estes if he would take his Cavalry in an effort to get water from the river for the troops. Valiantly, at the head of his command, Captain Estes led the 96th Illinois Cavalry on a charge against the Confederate barricade at the river. Within an hour his fierce charge, which had caught the rebels entirely by surprise, scattered the enemy force and sent them across the river. Returning to his command, and upon being congratulated by General Howard, Captain Estes asked, "Do you want me to take the bridge." "Can you do it?" General Howard asked. Captain Estes replied that he could and, with the general's permission, led two regiments of dismounted cavalry back to the river. With two companies of the 10th Ohio, Captain Estes charged across the bridge to rout the enemy. At the time of his charge the bridge was burning in several places, but armed only with a revolver, Captain Estes continued at the head of his men, crossing and driving the enemy back far enough for the rest of General Howard's Army to also cross.

school community partners
School Community Partners
  • Army JROTC Class
  • Ms. Rice’s Art Class - Pencil Drawing
curriculum linkages
Curriculum Linkages

How Govt

Works

Research

Leadership

JROTC

Planning

Citizenship

Writing

Skills

Coordinating

Internet

Skills

art classes painting
Art Classes - Painting
  • Contact Art Department at School
  • Develop and Create a work of art
  • Use the artwork to help in fundraising efforts
  • Create a painting and sculpture of the event.
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Curriculum Linkages

Research

Skills

Art History

Use of

Media

Art

Class

Planning

Creativity

Internet

Skills

Interpretation

Coordinating

community partners
Community Partners
  • Old Town School Department SLO
  • City of Old Town Maine
  • Office of the Maine Secretary of State
  • Old Town Businesses
  • Community Leaders
  • Military Service Organizations - MOWW
  • Community Service Organizations
  • Center for Military History
community needs met
Community Needs Met
  • Preserve Town History creating a connection to the past.
  • Recognition of a Town Hero
  • Positive Role Model for Citizens of Old Town
  • Source of Civic Pride