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Civil War Sesquicentennial


Found In: Social Studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Battlefields

To help celebrate the Sesquicentennial, the Civil War Trust provides battle, historical, satellite, and animated maps; historical and present day photographs; battle apps for Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Bull Run, Devils Den & Little Round Top (Gettysburg), and Fredericksburg; and a timeline covering the pre-war years through 1865 cross linked to additional information. 3D features require glasses, which can be purchased through the website, though any set on hand will work.

The war began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina on April 12, 1861. The Battle of Fort Sumter Summary & Facts features articles, maps (including an animated map showing the progress of the battle), photographs, a list of recommended books, and links to other resources. A sidebar highlights statistics of the battle.

History & Home Front

Follow the links under History Center to find a Civil War overview, biographies, warfare & logistics, and the home front.

  • The overview provides a chronology and examines the key issues behind the war.
  • Dozens of biographies introduce the major actors North and South.
  • Detailed descriptions of the battles are given in warfare and logistics.
  • Under military pay, users can compare the wages of Union and Confederate enlisted and officers.
  • The home front looks at music and literature.

Educator Materials

The Teacher Resources page provides lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school. All lessons can be downloaded as PDFs. A curriculum goals PDF matches lessons to national standards. Grade level sections include a glossary of Civil War terms, primary sources, student activities, and more. Grade leveled PowerPoint presentations can be downloaded.

Students activities include a coloring book (PDF icon PDF, 1.2 MB, 11 pgs.) and a collection of crossword puzzles.

Under Contests and Quizzes are essays and postcard contests. Teachers can submit a Civil War lesson plan (deadline July 01, 2012) to win a $2500 first prize.

 

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