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U.S. History Topics » Wars » Civil War

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Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative Coloring Book provides an overview of the history of the Emancipation Proclamation for children and coloring pages featuring Abraham Lincoln and notable African Americans, including Frederick...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves"...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Abraham Lincoln Papers presents Lincoln's draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, his second inaugural address, an 1864 memo expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election, and more than 70,000...  (Library of Congress)
Ulysses S. Grant provides insights into U.S. history topics -- frontier life, westward expansion, the Mexican-American War, military strategy, slavery, abolition, race relations, Reconstruction, black...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Siege and Battle of Corinth: A New Kind of War tells the story of two Civil War engagements near Corinth, a small Mississippi town established in the 1850s where two railroads crossed. On October 2, 1862, Confederates attacked...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
CivilWar@ Smithsonian examines the Civil War through collections of artifacts. Topics include slavery and abolition, Abraham Lincoln, the first Union officer killed, soldiering, weapons, leaders...  (Smithsonian Institution)
A Civil War Soldier in the Wildcat Regiment documents the Civil War experience of this captain in the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. More than 350 images of correspondence, photos, and other materials are provided...  (Library of Congress)
Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society offers materials for teaching about the Civil War. It includes recruitment posters, sketches, photos, a prison camp newspaper, and letters Walt Whitman wrote to wounded servicemen...  (Library of Congress)
Manassas Battlefield History recounts two Civil War battles fought in Manassas, Virginia. The first battle marked the first clash of the Northern and Southern armies. As the battle approached, enthusiastic young...  (National Park Service)
The Valley of the Shadow Project follows two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through their experiences in the American Civil War. This hypermedia archive contains thousands of sources from before, during...  (University of Virginia, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Gettysburg Address contains images and transcriptions of the various drafts of the famous document as well as translations into 28 languages...  (Library of Congress)
Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865 contains more than 1,100 photographs, most of which were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady. The collection includes scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle...  (Library of Congress)
Andersonville: Prisoner of War Camp examines the conditions of Camp Sumter (in Andersonville, Georgia), the largest and most notorious of prisoner of war camps during the Civil War...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Mathew Brady Portraits survey the life and work of this pioneering photojournalist and portraitist best known for his photographs of the Civil War. Visitors can read about Brady's contributions toward...  (National Portrait Gallery, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Gettysburg Battlefield -- Virtual Tour describes with photos and text the three-day battle that marked the turning point in the Civil War. The site gives detailed descriptions of each day of the battle and further texts...  (National Park Service)
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution...  (Library of Congress)
Portraits of Named Enlisted Civil War Men presents portrait photos of more than 50 Civil War soldiers with the rank of private, corporal or sergeant...  (Library of Congress)
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission 2009 celebrates the upcoming 200th birthday of our 16th president. A timeline, key speeches, and links to organizations dedicated to the study of Lincoln are provided. Lesson plans (in the...  (Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission)
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a database of over 6 million soldiers and sailors who served on both sides of the Civil War. Search by name, state, unit, or function. See descriptions of 384 significant battles...  (National Park Service) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War recounts what happened at this plantation overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. The house served as a headquarters and communications center for generals and commanders. When General...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Symbols in Battle: Civil War Flags in NPS Collections is a collection of historic battle flags that were carried by Southern and Northern military units during the Civil War. The site describes how these flags were designed to identify...  (National Park Service)
Camp Life: Civil War Collections from Gettysburg features photographs and text from three exhibits: living in a camp, existing day to day, and battling boredom...  (National Park Service)
Battle of Mill Springs: The Civil War Divides a Border State focuses on a key Civil War battle to demonstrate how both the Union and the Confederacy attempted to win the loyalty of the citizens of Kentucky. The site presents maps, readings from...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence looks at the first conflict of the Civil War, the battle of Bull Run. More than 5,000 people perished -- Northern and Southern troops, as well as private citizens who came from...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Clara Barton's House: Home of the American Red Cross is a curriculum-oriented guide to the life of the famous nurse. The site uses photographs, floor plans, and the like about her home in Glen Echo, Maryland as a focal point but gives...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg aims to help students understand the Gettysburg Campaign and the major actions of the armies during each day of the battle, as well as the motives and experiences of several...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War recounts what happened in the Pensacola Bay just before the Civil War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam Slemmer knew his 51 troops could not defend all four of their forts if Southern troops...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
These Honored Dead: The Battle of Rivers Bridge and Civil War Combat Casualties recounts a battle in a cold, rainy swamp in South Carolina during the last year of the war. In contrast to major campaigns and battles, this small battle presents the war on a human...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Battle of Glorieta Pass: A Shattered Dream examines a Civil War battle known as the "Gettysburg of the West." Texans invaded this mountain valley, intent on conquering New Mexico. Victory here would be a necessary prelude to...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Battle of Prairie Grove: Civilian Recollections of the Civil War helps students place the Battle of Prairie Grove in the context of Arkansas' role in the Civil War. Photos and readings from eye witness accounts of the battle depict the harsh...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Battle of Stones River: The Soldiers' Story provides readings, maps, and visual representations of this battle near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was the second bloodiest battle fought west of the Appalachians during the Civil...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Campaign for Vicksburg, 1863 describes the effort of the Union Army of Tennessee to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi. Taking Vicksburg was the key to ending the Civil War. It was the key to regaining control of...  (National Park Service)
Civil War Archeology: Investigating the Battles of Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge examines archeological techniques used to explore these two battle sites. These battles, fought in Missouri and Arkansas in 1861 and 1862, helped keep Missouri in the Union and set...  (Midwest Archeological Center, supported by National Park Service)
The Civil War through a Child's Eye is a lesson plan that uses historical fiction and primary sources to expand students' perceptions of the Civil War era. Photos, non-fiction, and literature (Paul Fleischman's "Bull...  (Library of Congress)
The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady asks students to visualize the Civil War by studying dozens of period photographs, and illustrates how the Civil War threatened the very purpose of the Constitution as stated in the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Letters, Telegrams, and Photographs Illustrating Factors That Affected the Civil War allows students to analyze a variety of documents to identify events, actions, and individuals who contributed to the Civil War's outcome. This lesson correlates to the National...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Fight for Equal Rights: Black Soldiers in the Civil War provides a lesson that uses primary documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Civil War Maps features detailed battle maps made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss for General Lee and General Sherman, and maps taken from diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts -- all available for the...  (Library of Congress)
Battle of Honey Springs: The Civil War Comes to the Indian Territory illustrates how the war, when it moved to the rolling prairie of now eastern Oklahoma, divided Native Americans. It includes maps, soldiers' accounts of the battle, and illustrations...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Battle of Bentonville: Caring for Casualties of the Civil War shows how battlefield medical care developed during the Civil War, particularly in the Union Army...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Siege of Port Hudson: Forty Days and Nights in the Wilderness of Death describes the struggle for control of the vital Mississippi River during the Civil War. It discusses the tactics, theories, and ramifications of this battle between the North and the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Photojournalism: A Record of War explores how and why war has been photographed and affords students an opportunity to see bias within war reporting. In addition to analyzing war photographs, students learn about...  (Library of Congress)
Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Travel through Virginia's Piedmont visits 65 historic places along 75 miles of Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont. Stops include homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe; sites of some of the bloodiest battles in the...  (National Park Service)
The Mathew Brady Bunch: Civil War Newspapers offers 1000 annotated photographs ranging from portraits to battle scenes. Students become reporters, assigned to sort through photos to find one that will bring the war to life for...  (Library of Congress)
Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay presents firsthand accounts, maps, and more pertaining to this Civil War conflict (August 5, 1864) in which Union Admiral David Farragut led about 20 ships and vessels into the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Petersburg National Battlefield -- Education gives materials for different grade levels to prepare students for field trips to the site of an important Civil War battle south of Richmond, VA. This resource guide is based upon...  (National Park Service)
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery tells the story of Camp Chase, one of the largest prisoner-of-war camps for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Located on the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the camp --...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Educator's Guide, Vicksburg National Military Park is a guide for teachers taking their students to the site of the important Civil War campaign. The guide brings to bear the viewpoints of the arts, language arts, mathematics, science...  (National Park Service)

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