Teaching the Civil War Resources – 1/09/13

by fifer1863 on 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 Teaching the Civil War



Seven Miles to Freedom tells the story of a young man  who was born a slave, but escaped to freedom with his family. Robert Smalls’s  story brings details of the Civil War to life through his daring adventure.  By reading Seven Miles to Freedom and completing the activities in “Full Steam to Freedom” children  can learn more about the Civil War, Robert Smalls, and maps.




Educational Resources from Harpers Ferry

by fifer1863 on April 22, 2011

Here are some links to Harpers Ferry’s Education materials.
Education Materials Packet – this provides a great overview for teachers with resources, original documents, and other source information for history directly related to Harpers Ferry.
Other curriculum resources such two Jeopardy games:


Read Books on the Civil War Online

by fifer1863 on January 4, 2010

As many of you already know, Google has begun to scan and make books available online, including full versions of books. These books are copyright free and can be downloaded for your reading pleasure.

In addition to these books, there are also some books where the copyright has not expired, however you can read sample pages from the book. Not free to download, but nice to “try before you buy.”

So, for example, a quick search for the word “Gettysburg” and you get a list of books of some really interesting looking texts such as:

  • Gettysburg: Description of the Painting of the Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault by John Badger Bachelder – 1870
  • Gettysburg Made Plain: A Succinct Account of the Campaign and Battles, by Abner Doubleday – 1888
  • The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 by Oliver Willcox Norton – 1913
  • Did General Meade Desire to Retreat at the Battle of Gettysburg? by George Meade – 1883
  • Hospital Scenes After the Battle of Gettysburg, July, 1863 by Patriot Daughters of Lancaster (Pa.) – 1864

There are also numerous autobiographies and biographies of Civil War Generals that are also available for download. Try searching for Civil War or Civil War general and see what you come up with.

Finally, Google Books also has a feature where you can find a library near you that has a copy of a particular book, and for you researchers out there, a “cite this item” link which gives you the proper citation for a book for publishing purposes is given in several different formats .(APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian.

Try it at especially the “full view books.”

In addition to Google Books, you may also want to try searching the following websites for Civil War books: and


Happy Reading.

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PA Civil War 150 Website

October 9, 2009

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (also on Twitter @phmc) launched a new website dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the role Pennsylvania played in that war.  In addition to the new website, the commission also announced that there will be a Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show.  According to a press […]

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