History came to life for 4th graders at Green Meadow Elementary School last week when they were able to see and touch a non-explosive cannonball from The War of 1812. Hot shot, as it’s known, was used during the war and operated bravely by a lesser known figure named Betsy Doyle at Fort Niagara in Western New York.
Betsy Doyle eventually fled to Albany when the fort was overrun by the British, traveling by foot in the winter to the East Greenbush Cantonment, which was located near Red Mill Elementary School.
The students learned her story from East Greenbush Town Historian Bobbie Reno during a special visit. The presentation tied into lessons about Women’s History Month, which is celebrated in March, and served as a preview of The War of 1812 which will be covered later this spring.
Special thanks to Town Historian Bobbie Reno for visiting our students!
History came to life for 4th graders at Green Meadow last week when they were able to see and touch a non-explosive cannonball from The War of 1812.
The presentation was led by East Greenbush Town Historian Bobbie Reno. pic.twitter.com/9OohGGomY6
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