The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook Review

September 10, 2011

Recently, I received a copy of NEW GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN HANDBOOK, THE: Facts, Photos, and Artwork for Readers of All Ages, June 9 – July 14, 1863 by J. D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley.  Petruzzi is also the author of excellent book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide. This 184 page handbook is packed full of facts, figures, […]

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Guest Post: Living the Civil War With Technology

September 8, 2011

EDITORS NOTE: This is a guest post about a website that I recently found and thought was very interesting.  Let me know what you think and how you can have your students create a newscast from a part of the Civil War. A casual study of history teaches our students one indisputable fact: Kids today […]

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Tracing the Polictical Aftermath

August 23, 2011

The Civil War: the War that Never Truly Ended The Civil War was fought nearly 150 years ago, and was among the most brutal wars in American history, both on and off the battlefield. Over 600,000 soldiers lost their lives fighting their own compatriots, and even the civilian death toll is estimated in the hundreds […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 6

August 16, 2011

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss Civil War era music and some ways teachers can use Civil War music in their classrooms. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow me on Twitter Music is by the Excelsior Brigade […]

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A Glorious Army Book Review

August 12, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to read a new book by historian Jeffry  Wert entitled, A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863.  Jeffry Wert is an amazing Civil War historian and author of numerous books on the Civil War including my favorite Gettysburg, Day Three. In his new book, A Glorious Army: Robert E. […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 5

July 26, 2011

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss some ways teachers can overcome different barriers when trying to use technology to teach the Civil War. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Music is by the Excelsior Brigade Fifes and Drums […]

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Gettysburg’s Eternal Peace Light Memorial with CJ

July 16, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the more popular sites in Gettysburg, the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.  This monument is located on Oak Hill in Gettysburg.  Confederate forces marched toward Gettysburg and the Union lines from behind the monument where CJ is sitting.   The base relief is said […]

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Learning about the “Trough Rock” in Gettysburg with CJ

July 14, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the less popular sites in Gettysburg known as the “Trough Rock”. This rock is located in the “Slaughter Pen” or “Valley of Death” near Devil’s Den.     Here is the photo of the horse drinking from the rock: Here is a […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 4

July 12, 2011

      This is the fourth episode of my new podcast. I hope the quality is better (I’m still playing with the settings) and that you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss a my recent ISTE presentation and some interviews I did while I was attending the conference. Feedback on the show? email […]

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ISTE Conference 2011

June 26, 2011

Over the next few days, I will be in Philadelphia attending the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.  This is the premier educational technology conference in the country and attracts over 10,000 educators from around the world.  On Tuesday, I will be presenting a session entitled, Tradigital History.  This presentation will demonstrate how […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 3

June 18, 2011

      This is the third episode of my new podcast. I hope the quality is better (I’m still playing with the settings) and that you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss a my upcoming ISTE presentation, a Civil War Reenactment, Civil War Sallie and a family trip to Gettysburg. Feedback on the […]

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Unknown Graves in the Soldiers National Cemetery

June 5, 2011

Here is a video of my son Josh learning about the the 979 Unknown Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Soldier’s National Cemetery

June 3, 2011

Here is a video of my daughter Sarah (aka @civilwarsallie) learning about the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Generals Hancock and Reynolds

June 1, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ learning about the monuments to General Hancock and Reynolds in Gettysburg   CJ is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Memorial Day Proclaimed

May 29, 2011

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 2

May 26, 2011

      This is the second episode of my new podcast.  I hope the quality is better and that you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss a book that I recently read, National History Day in Pennsylvania and CSI: Gettysburg. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Music is by the Excelsior […]

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Interactive Map on Civil War Battles and Casualties

May 24, 2011

As part of the 150th Civil War celebration, the Washington Post has created a special Civil War 150 website to share articles and resources related to the Civil War.  One of these is resources is an interactive map that shows battles and casualties from the war. Once you play the movie,  you start to see […]

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History Channel Movie on Gettysburg

May 21, 2011

On Monday, May 30, 2011, the History Channel will air a new Civil War film on Gettysburg.  This film is produced by Tony and Ridley Scott.  The trailer for the movie looks good so this is something that I am looking forward to watching.  If you are teaching the Civil War at this time of […]

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National History Day in Pa

May 18, 2011

Recently I had the opportunity to judge at the Pennsylvania State National History Day Competition at Millersville University.  What a great couple of days!  It was exciting walking around campus seeing students talking about history.  There were students dressed as various characters from history for the performance category and displays that filled the gym at […]

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Digital Historical Newspapers

May 9, 2011

While browsing my Delicious feed the other day, I came across the HistoryBuff.com website and found it very interesting and thought I’d share.  HistoryBuff.com is providing digitized versions of newspapers from throughout history.  According the the website the “site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were […]

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