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"Comfortable Camps?" Archeology of the Confederate Guard Camp at the Florence Stockade

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for “The Stockade” and “Florence National Cemetery,” part of the “Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS;" and on archival and archeological research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (NCA), conducted by archeologists with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. (MACTEC).

Objectives for students 
1) To describe the equipment and supplies available to the guards at the Florence Stockade and the conditions they experienced in their camp. 
2) To compare and contrast conditions for the prisoners inside the stockade with those of the guards outside its walls. 
3) To describe the archeological methods used to investigate the campground. 
4) To discuss how archeological data influences the historical record. 
5) To compare the experience of women in the Civil War to women who have served in more recent wars.

A Fish's Wish

A short activity book to help young learners find out about runoff pollution from a fish's point of view. (grades 2 – 5)

A House Divided: Photography in the Civil War

This activity provides an interactive look at photography from the Civil War. Participants examine a set of photographs and later place those shots into the historical context of the Civil War.

A House Divided: Reconstruction

Political leaders and parties in the tense time after the Civil War proposed various plans for Reconstruction. By observing artwork of this period, students will learn how these plans affected the South (and North) and relationships between people of different races and geographic regions.

A Look at Charleston During the Civil War Years

Students will analyze photographs taken in Charleston, SC, during the Civil War years, 1861-1865. The photographs are from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress. 

A Mathematical Model of Geological Fracture Zones

Students will be able to analyze data in a rose plot and determine preferred orientations.

A Mathematical Model of Native American Population Distribution

Students will be able to interpret census data to statistically describe population trends.

A Mathematical Model of the Blue Ridge Landscape

Students will be able to construct an algebraic profile of slope from a topographic map.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This activity is designed to accompany Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007. Students have the opportunity to analyze historical photographs associated with Black Americans who served in Congress and with the history of civil rights in the United States. Students are encouraged to think more about the role historical photographs can play in the study of past events and people.

A Pirate’s Life

Students will be able to explain customs and codes of conduct on board a pirate ship.