Fun Animal Statistics

February 3, 2014

Here are some fun Battle of Gettysburg related statistics to use with your students: Between the two armies there were approximately 72,243 horses present. Of these, nearly 3,000 – 5,000 were killed.  What percentage was killed? Each horse requires 10 gallons of water per day, making the water needs for just the horses 722,430 gallons […]

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Lincoln Letter to McCullough

December 21, 2013

President Abraham Lincoln wrote this touching letter of condolence to the daughter of his long-time friend, William McCullough. During Lincoln’s law circuit days, McCullough was sheriff and clerk of the McLean County Circuit Court in Bloomington, Illinois. Early in the Civil War he helped organize the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, which he served as Lieutenant Colonel. […]

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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Event: Watch live streaming video from encompass at

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Timeline Civil War App Review

October 31, 2013

I was recently asked to review the Timeline Civil War app for the iPad and to put it simply, this is a really good and enjoyable app.  This app is packed with tons of information, images, primary sources, maps and various texts. Key features on Timeline Civil War include: A unique interactive timeline that allows […]

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Lincolns Code – The Laws of War in History Book Review

October 13, 2013

I’m finally getting an opportunity to catch up on some reading and have another book review for you.  Lincoln’s Code: The laws of War in American History by Yale Law Professor John Fabian Witt is a “story of how slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation helped shape the modern laws of armed conflict, and how a […]

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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion Book Review

October 10, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to read Allen C. Guelzo`s latest work, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the Lincoln Prize. According the the publisher: GETTYSBURG is […]

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The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 18, 2013

I had an opportunity to spend some time in Gettysburg during the 150th anniversary celebration.  What a very cool experience to be in that historic spot at that time.  I really can’t explain it but even though we, as a family, go there about once a month, there was something about being on the battlefield […]

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Gettysburg Vodcasts

July 15, 2013

“Middle School Students Create Vodcasts about Civil War History in Gettysburg” By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications — Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Now that the dust has settled from the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, how doe the stories continue to be told for and by the next generation of leaders, historians, […]

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Online Course on Abraham Lincoln from Dickinson College

July 6, 2013

Dickinson College, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to Offer Online Course on Abraham Lincoln  “Understanding Lincoln” is designed especially for K-12 educators seeking graduate-level credit and ideas for teaching the new Common Core State Standards  (Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will offer K-12 educators as […]

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The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 2, 2013

We had the unique opportunity to be invited to join author JD Petruzzi at the First Shot Marker that commemorates the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What made it extra special was that we were there, on that spot where 150 years ago Marcellus Jones fired that first shot of the battle. So CJ […]

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New Civil War Movie — Copperhead

June 19, 2013

I have been asked to announce the arrival of a new Civil War movie called Copperhead which is a film for the whole family and is opening in theaters June 28!   Commemorate the 150 year anniversary & keep your kids learning during the summer by catching Copperhead, a Civil War movie the whole family can […]

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Proclamation by Governor Curtin

June 13, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA INVASION.; Two Military Departments Formed In the State, Under the Command of Gens. Couch and Brooks. PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR CURTIN. PROCLAMATION OF GOV. CURTIN. Published: June 13, 1863; Dispatch of 6/12/1864 HARRISBURGH, Friday, June 12. Gen. COUCH has assumed command of the Department of the Susquehanna. He summons for the defence of the State, […]

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Center for Civil War Photography

June 12, 2013

Not sure why I haven’t mentioned this one before but The Center for Civil War Photography is a great place to find photos about the Civil War.  There are numerous websites that offer images of the Civil War, but The Center for Civil War Photography is different in one way because they also offer 3D images.  I especially like […]

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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Study Guide Book Review

June 9, 2013

I have always wanted to be a licensed battlefield guide and admittedly I do not know enough about the battle in order to pass the exam.  So recently started to explore what it would take and what kind of books, websites, research, etc I would need to read and what types of research would be involved to […]

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Website Updates and Thank You

June 7, 2013

Hello Everyone, I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU so much for reading my website and blog.  The statistics are through the roof.  I also want to apologize for lack of posts and podcast.  Other things have become a priority recently and while it is not an excuse I need to get […]

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NHD in PA Teacher’s Workshop -June 1st

May 19, 2013

Registration for the June 1, 2013 National History Day in Pennsylvania Teachers Workshop at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA is now open.  The workshop will run from 9 AM to 4 PM with a break for lunch.  Lunch is available from our on-site café. Thanks to scholarships provided by the […]

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Support a Good Cause

May 9, 2013

I received the following email the other day and I encourage you to support this terrific cause ——————– I hope this finds you well.  I’m writing to ask for a favor.  The museum I’ve been working on, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, is one of 24 finalists in a grant contest held by the National […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 33 – Ginger Lewman

March 5, 2013

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I interview Ginger Lewman and we talk about Project Based Learning and how it can engage students in “doing history”. Feedback on the show? email me at Follow Me on Twitter Music is by Mark […]

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Teaching the Civil War Resources – 1/09/13

January 10, 2013

Just a quick post to some links that I found recently.  Remember to follow my on Twitter (@fifer1863) to get all the links I share.   Battles Wiki – Civil War in the American South   Free Civil War Related Resources from the Federal Resource for Education Excellence  AHA Today Blog Post on […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 32 – Leadership

November 21, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I talk about Civil War leadership and how both Armies were structured during the Civil War.  Everything from privates to colonels, regiments and corps. Feedback on the show? email me at Follow Me on Twitter Music […]

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