Civil War

To the non-military buff, the organization and terminology used for Civil War armies can be very confusing. The Union and the Confederate Armies had different names depending upon their location.

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.

Just as the Revolutionary War prompted the Continental Congress to issue paper currency, the financing of the Civil War provided the catalyst for the continuing evolution of U.S. currency. In 1861, the U.S.

In this lesson, students will label a map of the USA and CSA in 1861, describe the events surrounding the construction of the various submarine vessels, and will read descriptions of each submarine and compare each submarine.

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.

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. 

The purpose of this lesson is to show that through primarily peaceful means people from different parts of society found ways to make a difference in the movement to abolish slavery.

Charleston, South Carolina provides an excellent setting to teach students about several key concepts in the study of slavery and freedom in the United States.

This lesson utilizes a primary source and provides students with insight of some of artillery types used during the Civil War. Students will be able to analyze a photograph for content and describe different elements in a photograph.

Students, who are already familiar with the overall story of the H.L.

To the non-military buff, the organization and terminology used for Civil War armies can be very confusing. The Union and the Confederate Armies had different names depending upon their location.

In this lesson, students will use one of the major tools of a historian: personal letters.

This activity shows students how both in the North and in the South, music was used extensively during the Civil War to rally troops and the public.

This is a Teachers Resource Guide about Historic Latta Plantation about the daily life of a Civil War soldier. 

Civil War field artillery was organized in batteries. Although it varied from time to time, a battery in the Union army consisted of six of the same kind of cannons.

Students will research the weapons and military strategies used during the Civil War and will review military terminology. - Students will collect pictures of Civil War weapons and research the purpose of each.

Students will compare and contrast military recruitment posters to analyze various perspectives regarding the role of African Americans during the Civil War.

A lesson plan about federal property confiscated by the Confederacy.

Using primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection, students will engage in a brief simulation of inflation during the Civil War while learning about issues faced on the home front in North Carolina.

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to examine a Civil War battle in depth to document the event, either in a newspaper article or op-ed piece or as a blog or social media post.

After this program students will be able to: 

  • Exhibit how Civil War soldiers lived on a daily basis.
  • Identify and interpret the items that were taken with a soldier on campaign.

In this lesson, students will contrast and compare de facto and de jure segregation, listening to oral history examples of each from residents of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fortifications are the result of adaptations over centuries of use. When military technology changed, such as the invention of the cannon, fortifications adapted. During the Civil War military technology changed drastically.

This lesson focuses on cause and effect and the evaluation of multiple points of view or biases that create the perspectives and influences of individual experiences, societal values, and cultural traditions.

This lesson plan uses first-person narratives from the Documenting the American South collection to demonstrate differences in perspective related to historical events, in this case, Sherman's march to the sea.

Students explore the Documenting the American South Collection titled, the "Church in the Southern Black Community. Beginning with a historian's interpretation of the primary sources that make up the collection, students search the collection for

The Fort Sumter Teacher’s Guide is designed as an informative tool for South Carolina educators. The National Park Service values education and strives to help students and teachers learn the unique history of special places.

In this activity, students will examine sequential primary sources relating to the events that led to this change and write eight short descriptions explaining the relationships between the historical events.

In this group activity, children will play a game loosely based on Civil War signaling and naval strategy. 

Students will learn about Fort Lamar and the Battle of Secessionville by reading letters from Alexander Campbell and James Campbell, two Scottish brothers who fought on opposing sides in the battle.

The study of the Battle of Honey Hill will allow students to gain knowledge of a significant military battle that took place in Ridgeland, SC (formerly known as Gopher Hill).

Medical science was just beginning to be understood at the onset of the Civil War. Germs were unheard of, and surgery techniques had not been improved since the early 1800's. Hospitals were rarely used since most sicknesses was treated at home.

In this lesson, students create a political cartoon after reading about John C. Calhoun’s “Strange Dream”.

To soldiers, letters from home provided encouragement and welcomed information. During the Civil War these letters would arrive one to three months after they were written. It did not matter to the soldiers.

This lesson is designed to give students an introduction and an understanding of the conditions of the different social classes in the Antebellum South. Students will identify the various social classes and compare them.

The United States has changed in size and shape greatly from our founding in 1776 to the present day.

This lesson focuses on cause and effect and helping students understand responsible citizenship in relation to the state, national, and international communities in which they belong.

Students will learn about the life and exploits of Robert Smalls, a slave in Charleston during the Civil War who gained his freedom by stealing a Confederate ship.

A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about South Carolina Secession.

This activity helps students understand how the Union's "March to the Sea" was one of the more controversial aspects of the later phases of the Civil War. Sent by Ulysses S.

This lesson will cover an overview of the campaign for Morris Island, have students compares two primary sources from the siege, and work in teams to build a siege work called a gabion that was used in the siege.

This lesson will cover an overview of the campaign for Morris Island, have students compares two primary sources from the siege, and work in teams to build a siege work called a gabion that was used in the siege.

 You have just enlisted in the Army to fight as a soldier in the Civil War. You get a uniform and equipment that you are responsible for. But what is your daily life like? If you go out on campaign what do you have to take with you?

Students in this lesson work to explain the effects of the Civil War on South Carolina’s economy. This lesson involves a pre-assessment, guided inquiry, and a formative post-assessment.

The recent discovery and raising of the lost submarine, the CSS Hunley, has answered many historical questions. The subsequent opening of the boat and examination of the artifacts within has answered more.

This lesson looks at the activities of the Hunley in Charleston, South Carolina and the impact the Hunley had on the Civil War.

These nine lesson plans are designed for students to understand the story of the Hunley, from its beginnings in New Orleans to the fateful night of the sinking of the Housatonic.

At the end of the activity, students will be able to:

  • Interpret why poor medical practices killed many soldiers.
  • Demonstrate and describe how care was given to wounded soldiers in Civil War hospitals.

Students will learn about the ecology of coastal salt marshes and how the location of Fort Lamar near these marshes affected the outcome of the Battle of Secessionville.

This activity works well as an introduction to learning about the Civil War.

This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places file for Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.

Objectives for students

In this activity, students will identify and analyze the historical data found within two newspapers reporting on Robert Smalls and the CSS Planter. 

This lesson is designed to give students a better understanding of life in Charleston during the Civil War.

In this lesson, students will evaluate and critique authors' perspectives. Students will read two first-person narratives and analyze how each text is influenced by its author's cultural background.

This is a family activity guide about uniforms found at the Beaufort History Museum.

This unit focuses on the causation of sectional conflict along with the comparison of historical events with those that take place in other periods of U.S. History.

This lesson focuses on the students’ ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize social studies resources to make inferences and draw conclusions.

This lesson plans presents the account of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a confederate spy during the Civil War.

Willie Lee Rose's Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment details the take over by Union troops of Port Royal Island, South Carolina.