Activities for Lesson 13

Have students pick one battle from the Civil War. Then find a coloring sheet of this battle. One source for coloring pages can be found in:

Story of the Civil War Coloring Book by Peter F. Copeland published by Dover Publication, Inc. New York

View the finished pictures using 3-D glasses.


Show clips from the mini series North and South and North and South Book II.

This series shows:


The video The Civil War comes in a number of episodes depicting a variety Civil War events.

 

Ten Interesting Facts . . . .

The American Civil War

1. In August 1963, while Abraham Lincoln was heading home from the White House someone took a shot at him. The bullet went through his hat. Lincoln asked the guards to keep the incident quiet because he did not want to worry his wife.

2. The first confrontation of the Civil War took place on April 12, 1961 when Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter beginning the war. The war ended on April 9, 1965 when  Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House. The begin and end dates were used in creating the title of the Civil War novel Across Five Aprils.

3. Approximately 625,000 men died in the Civil War. This is more me than any other American War.

Major U.S. War

U.S. Deaths

Date

American Revolutionary War

25,000

1775 – 1783

Civil War

625,000

1861 – 1865

World War I

116,516

1917 – 1918

World War II

405,399

1941 – 1945

Korean War

36,516

1950 – 1953

Vietnam War

58,209

1955 – 1975

Gulf War

258

1990 – 1991

Afghanistan War

2,229

2001 – Present

Iraqi War

4,800

2003 – 2011

4. The Union Army had 2,100,000 soldiers. This was almost twice the size of the Confederate Army of 1,064,000.

5. Of the 9 million people living in the Southern States, 3.4 million were slaves. Two states actually had more slaves than free people: Mississippi and South Carolina. These slaves were worth more than 2 billion dollars.

6. During the first few battles of the Civil War, the soldiers did not have regular uniforms. This made knowing who was the enemy difficult.

7. More men died from disease than in the actual fighting.

Top Ten Causes of Military Deaths

Cause Confederacy Union
1. Killed in action 54,000 67,000
2. Dysentery/Diarrhea 50,000 45,000
3. Wounds 40,000 43,700
4. Typhoid 30,000 34,800
5. Prison 26,100 31,200
6. Pneumonia 17,000 20,000
7. Malaria 20,000 10,000
8. Smallpox 8,000 7,000
9. Tuberculosis 7,000 7,000
10. Measles 6,000 5,2000

 

8. The bloodiest day in U.S. military history took place at Antietam on September 17, 1862 when more than 5,000 soldiers died.

Top Bloodiest Civil War Battles

Battle /
Date /
Place

Commanders

Forces Engaged

Winner

Casualties

Gettysburg
July 1-3, 1863
PA

Robert E. Lee (S)
George G. Meade (N)

75,000 (S)
82,289 (N)

North

North: 23,049
South: 28,063
Total: 51,112

Chickamauga
Sept. 19-20, 1863
GA

Braxton Bragg (S)
William S. Rosecrans (N)

66,326 (S)
58,222 (N)

South

North: 16,170
South: 18,454
Total: 34,624

Chancellorsville
May 1-4,1863
VA

Robert E. Lee (S)
Joseph Hooker (N)

60,892 (S)
133,868 (N)

South

North: 17,278
South: 12,821
Total: 30,099

Spotsylvania
May 8-19
VA

Robert E. Lee (S)
Ulysses S. Grant (N)

50,000 (S)
83,000 (N)

South

North: 18,300
South: 9,000
Total: 27,399

Antietam (Sharpsburg)
Sept. 17, 1862
MD

Robert E. Lee (S)
George B. McClellan (N)

51,844 (S)
75,316 (N)

Draw

North: 12,410
South: 13,724
Total: 26,134

Wilderness
May 5-7, 1864
VA

Robert E. Lee (S)
Ulysses S. Grant (N)

61,025 (S)
101,895 (N)

Draw

North: 17,666

 

9. The average Civil War soldier was 23 years old. The average size was 5’8” tall with a weight of 143 pounds.

10. Before the Civil War approximately 5,000 slaves tried to escape each year. Once the Civil War began about 5,000 slaves tried to escape each month.

Information Sources

http://www.history.com/news/10-surprising-civil-war-facts

http://www.ducksters.com/history/facts_about_the_civil_war.php

http://facts.randomhistory.com/civil-war-facts.html

 

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