- Easier - In the
United States, the Civil War was between the
Confederacy, or southern states, and the Union, or
northern states. The U.S. Civil War, also called
the War between the States, lasted from 1861 to
- Harder - The U. S.
Civil War is also known as the War Between the
States and the War of Secession. It began April 12,
1861, when Southern troops opened fire on Fort
Sumter, a U.S. military post in Charleston, S.C.
More Americans were killed in the Civil War than
any other war in history. The war divided the
people of the United States; in some families
brother fought against brother. The war ended four
years later on April 9, 1865, when Confederate
General Robert E. Lee surrendered his ragged army
to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox
Court House in Virginia.
of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American
- Read about two communities, one Northern and
one Southern, in the time before and during the
Civil War. Most of the information is through
primary documents: letters, maps, newspapers,
Biography: Civil War
- Find brief sketches of a few of the memorable
people from the Civil War era. Includes links and
illustrated portraits for each person.
War Battles by State
- Site includes maps showing where Civil War
battles were fought in each state, as well as brief
descriptions of the battles.
for the Civil War
- Visit the History Place and learn about the
- Websites By Kids For Kids
American Civil War Experience (1996 ThinkQuest
- Read brief biographies of 23 Northern leaders
and 16 Southern leaders and descriptive accounts of
25 of the most significant Civil War battles.
- Other ThinkQuest Civil War
- 2) Civil War-Live (1996) http://library.thinkquest.org/2873/
- 3) Civil War Highlights (1996) http://library.thinkquest.org/2944/
- 4) Surviving Gettysburg (1997) http://library.thinkquest.org/13515/
- 5) Civil War (1999) http://library.thinkquest.org/27411/
- 6) The Battle of Gettysburg (1998) http://library.thinkquest.org/17525/main.htm
- 7) Underground Railroad at House of Compassion
Civil War (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- On this Civil War site, you will find games and
information on battles and people.
- Other Civil War ThinkQuest Junior
- 2) The Civil War 1861-1865 (1999) http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5437/
- 3) The Union and Conferacy: Both Sides of the
American Civil War (1999) http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5970/civilwar/
- 4) Civil War: Confederacy vs. Union (1999)
- 5) The Civil War: The War of All Wars (1999)
- 6) Surfing the Civil War (1999) http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5219/
- 7) A Nation Divided (1998) http://tqjunior.advanced.org/3915/
- 8) Battle of Gettysburg (1999) http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5472/
War for Kids (Pocantico Hills School, Sleepy
Hollow, New York)
- Students created a timeline of important
events, graphed data about the North and South,
Civil War maps, Confederate and Union flags and
uniforms, biographies of leaders, images, activity
sheets, and links to other Civil War Sites.
- A Baker's Dozen More
American Civil War
- Here you can find maps, timeline, profiles of
the generals, exhibits on women in the war, flags,
and major campaigns and battles highlight this site
on the Civil War.
- This teacher-made website features facts,
pictures, and links about the Civil War. Topics
include abolition, sectionalism, Civil War trivia,
Line of The Civil War
- Website contains a timeline plus pictures
covering the major events of the war.
War for Kids (Pocantico Hills
- This website offers a timeline, graphs of
resources, and reports on Civil War leaders, as
well as maps, flags, and activity sheets.
- Learn about medicine at the start of the Civil
War, medical technology and transport, and
War Womem: Primary Sources on the Internet
- Listed here are links to primary sources on the
Internet that are directly related to women and the
The American Civil War
- Here are interesting first-hand accounts
including soldiers'descriptions of events at
Gettysburg and Appomattox.
in the Civil War
- Research the Civil War from this collection of
original documents written by Jewish people, both
Union and Confederate.
Divided (The History Place)
- Here you find a timeline and photographs of the
U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
and Music of the Civil War
- If you wish to go beyond the study of facts of
any war conflict, if you want to understand the
thoughts and emotions of the people who faced each
other across the battlefields and those who waited
for them at home, then you must look to the poems
and songs of the times.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Civil War Songs http://pabucktail.com/songs.htm
- 3) Poems and Songs of the American Civil War
Turning Point Of The Civil War
- Although the Battle of Gettysburg did not end
the war, nor did it attain any major war aim for
the North or the South, it remains the great battle
of the war. This websitee has a day-by-day account
of the battle with maps of the army's
States Colored Troops in the Civil War (Lest We
- Here you can learn about the history of
regiments and the African American men who fought
in the Civil War.
Soldiers of the Civil War By DeAnne
- (National Archives and Records Administration
- Men were not the only ones to fight that war.
Women bore arms and charged into battle, too.
- Civil War Diaries
- Site contains diary of Robert C. Carden,
Company B, 16th Tennessee Infantry
- Other Diaries:
- 2) Alice Williamson's Diary (Tennesse
- 3) Civil War Diary of Bingham Findley Junkin
- 4) Civil War Diary of James Laughlin Orr,
1838-1919 (Sherman's March to the Sea)
- 5) Civil War Diaries http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vshadow/diary.html
- 6) Diary of Henry (Carl) Ketzle (37th Illinois
- 7) Memoirs, diary, and life of Private
Jefferson Moses, Company G, 93rd Illinois
- Civil War Letters
Clark's Civil War Letters
- The letters describe his encounters with Union
and Confederate troops, battles, illness, injury,
food and the living
- conditions at the time.
War - An Illinois Soldier
- Read the memoirs, diary, and about the life of
Private Jefferson Moses, who fought in the Civil
From an Iowa Soldier in the Civil
- This is a first-hand account of a U.S. Civil
War Union soldier written to family and friends,
with photos of the actual letters.
- Other Union Soldier Letters
- 2) The Civil War Letters of the Christie
- 3) Civil War Letters of Edward Nicholas Boots
(101st Pennsylvania Infantry)
- 4) James Hemphill Maclay: His Civil War Letters
- 5) Hillory Shifflet Letters http://www.geocities.com/~jcrosswell/War/CW/hillory.htm
War Love Letters
- Here are letters between soldiers on the
battlefield and their loved ones.
About The Civil War
- Here are letters from Confederate
- A Few Websites For Teachers
Plan: The Civil War
- Here is a lesson plan for discussing the US
Civil War using historical fiction.
- Other Civil War Lesson/Unit Plan
- 2) The American Civil War (Grade 9-12)
- 3) Civil War Lessons http://www.millville.org/Workshops_f/Siniav_Civil%20War/civil_intro.html
Plan on the Civil War (Grade 5)
- This plan focuses on the events leading the
U.S. into the Civil War.
Divided State by Kathy Dowd
- This site has a script for a short play about
Virginia's involvement with the Civil War.
Discussion questions follow the script
Freedom Quilt (Grade 4-5)
- The students are to draw an event, symbol,
person, or place which depicts slavery during the
Civil War as a piece of a freedom quilt.
Playing the Civil War (Grade 5-7)
- The purpose of this unit is to provide a frame
for the students to use in evaluating both points
of view in the Civil War.
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