Civil War Timeline and Events
Deadline, May 16, or TBA, 120 points
How did selected people, laws, places,
Lt. James B. Washington, a Confederate prisoner, with Capt. George A. Custer
The Civil War was America's bloodiest and most costly conflict. Just try to imagine a war today that cost the lives of seven million young American men. It's almost impossible to set the losses of the Civil War in a modern context. The toll is almost inconceivable. And yet, that would be about the same percentage of loss of life the nation suffered during the Civil War.
That said, I believe historians and history teachers to focus solely on the battles of the Civil War. The battles are an important part of the history, to be sure, but the scope of the war went beyond the battle places and names that still ring down through our history. I don't believe there was a single American at the time whose life was not touched by the war. I also believe that we live in the legacy of that war today. So, I want to explore a few parts of the war beyond the battlefields - important as they are - and look at lives and living for Americans.
Remember what I said in class - there is no way to categorize or measure all the effects of the Civil War. They are still with us today, but at the time, the death, injuries, infections, financial costs, loss of opportunities, and destroyed lands and farms crippled a nation in ways we can't really conceptualize.
I've assembled a few points to study for this assignment. I tried to create a collection of accounts and people that can serve to help you understand the depth and breadth of the war.
For this assignment you will create a series of entries about battles, political events, people, and prisons of the Civil War. Each entry will answer the questions that apply to it. Be sure to check the list below.
I suggest you create this as a Google doc, but you can handwrite it if you choose.
With each entry, enter it on your timeline, and title it with the battle, political event, biography or prison that applies to it.
For each battle entry include the following:
Here is the list of battles.
For each political entry include the following:
Here is the list of political events
For each biographical entry include the following:
Here is the list of biographies
Select two Civil War prisons, and include the following:
Lesson Topics for this Assignment
The link to the assignment will be posted soon.
Click here to view the video we used in class about the Battle of Fredericksburg
Click here to view the PowerPoint we used in class about the beginnings of the Civil War.
Click here to view the Civil War overview we watched in class.
Click here to open an interactive site about the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Click here to view the video we used in class about the beginnings of the Civil War.
Civil War Prisons (Select One)
Click on the links below to learn about Civil War prisons
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Click below for life information about Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Click here to view the Memorial Day speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes.