Upwards of 10,000 battles, skirmishes or clashes, spread across the entire span of the United States – Vermont, Florida, Missouri, Arizona … the battles of the Civil War were numerous and all over the place. But you, as a young Civil War historian, will only learn about a few of them – the Essential Battles – the Turning Points. These are the big ones, the ones that had the greatest impact on the conflict, the ones discussed in countless books and documentaries, and the ones that (mostly) Taft has visited. Many of you commented that you wanted to learn a lot about the battles, in your interest survey at the beginning of last week … in fact, 58 of you were interested, well over half of the class. It’s essential to understand the military progression of the war, and in order to do so, we will be dissecting some of the major battles of the conflict.
We will examine many of the battles in class, and you will also be creating a Google Maps compilation of the battles, following these directions and my example. The coolness factor of Civil War material available online is astronomical, and I can’t imagine teaching the topic (or learning about it) without these web gems. I have tried to compile the best resources on the Civil War Battles page. Use these materials to complete your notes about each, especially the impact of each individual battle. Keep the concept of “TURNING POINTS” in mind!
As you take your notes, pay careful attention to the information you need for each battle. The casualty numbers are NOT necessary to wrote down – they already appear on the reverse of your notes. Make sure you come up with a creative symbol to remember each one. Try to crystallize the basics of the battle in a few words. Cut and paste my example of Fort Sumter into your map for your first battle – ok?
COMPLETE UP FIRST BULL RUN, THE IRONCLADS, SHILOH, THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN, AND THE FALL OF NEW ORLEANS for TUESDAY (that’s FIVE battles).
I will also have a blank paper map for everyone, since you will be studying for a paper test – that should help out!
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You can also begin to prepare for this material by creating and posting a Civil War Battles quizlet. Follow the instructions available on the badges menu.