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The Civil War

One of the biggest misunderstandings about the Civil War is the reasons (causes) as to why it was started. Many people believe the entire reason the Civil War began was because of slavery. When in fact, it was really a series of events that lead to the outbreak of the Civil War. Also, the main driving force behind the outbreak of the Civil War was not the issue of slavery, but a disagreement over economies. The fear that someone was going to come along and destroy one's economy was unbearable to people back then. To help you better understand the causes of the Civil War, take a few minutes to examine the PowerPoint Presentation and the images/symbols scrolling below.




Strengths and Weaknesses

In a war, each side always has strengths and weaknesses. It always seems that one side has more of an advantage over the other. It was no different in the case of the Civil War. To better analyze the advantages and disadvantages of both sides, review the different graphs depicting data from the Civil War. Also, answer the questions on the Civil War Data Worksheet.

Battles/Main Events

The Civil War had so many battles that it is nearly impossible to mention and study ever single one of them. However, there are several major battles and events that were key turning points in the war. Those are the battles and events that we are going to focus on during our course of study. Make sure you view the Civil War Events Flow Chart to gain an understanding as to how all of the major events in the Civil War are tied together.

Reading Guides: As you read about the Civil War in your textbook, try to fill in the missing information in these event worksheets:

Beginning of the Civil War

End of the Civil War

The following map is a map of the major Civil War Battles. When you view the map, each battle name is a link to the national government's website of the battlefields. The website offers several pieces of information about the history behind each battle.

Civil War Battles Image Map

Theses are some cartoons of some of the battles of the Civil War that students have created in the past. You may want review them in order to get a visual representation of the individual battles.

Civil War Battle Cartoons

--Battle of Antietam

--Battle of Chancellorsville

--Battle of Fredericksburg

--Sherman's March

--Lee's Surrender

Some very important speeches were given by Abraham Lincoln during the war such as the Gettysburg Address. Some times it is easier to interpret and understand historical speeches and documents when you hear them spoken aloud. I have recorded an audio clip of the Gettysburg Address for you. Try listening to it as you review a written of copy of the speech in your textbook.

Gettysburg Address

Life of Civilians During the War

Many people do not realize that war effects more than just the soldiers fighting in it. War, especially a Civil War, can enter the lives of those civilians remaining back at home. We are going to be reading several different readings in class about the life of a civilian during the Civil War. We are going to be reading some primary sources, diary enteries, and from our textbook, which is a secondary source. Then you will complete the project described below:

Project--One Moment in Time, A Moment in the Life of a Civilian

--Project Direction Sheet


--Sample Projects