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 the analysis of Gardner’s Harvest of Death.
So, go grab a set of your red&blue 3D glasses and explore some really cool photos of the Civil War (requires a special browser plugin). If you don’t have them, you can always explore the regular photos. These images provide an excellent way for students to examine different aspects of the Civil War in great detail. As I always say, getting students to act like historians.
Available online document from Western Illinois University Malpass Library of a National Union League Pledge.
The Digitization Center has been making historical documents available online. The database access is free to the public.
Civil War enthusiasts our library has digitized Charles Miles National Union League Pledge.
It is dated February 18, 1865 (originally 1863). This document from the league which began in 1862 to promote Union loyalty and support for President, Abraham Lincoln.
Loyal Leagues,comprised upper middle class men who supported efforts such as the United States Sanitary Commission, which helped treat wounded soldiers after battle. The Clubs supported the Republican Party, with funding, organizational support, and political activism. The National Union League helped appoint Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. This particular document is a signed pledge by a constituent, Charles Miles, agreeing to give unwavering loyalty to the United States government, and to support its efforts to ‘suppress The Rebellion’, of the southern states involved in the Confederacy. Additionally, to he pledged to ‘maintain the National Unity’.
You may find this document of interest.
Kevin Honeycutt has developed an excellent website for integrating technology to teach the Civil War. This collaborative learning project is focused around the H.L. Hunley, the famous Confederate submarine. This website is provides an in depth look into the history of the H.L. Hunley along with providing a great collection of links, photographs and videos. Let’s take a look at some of the different pages and sections of the site.
According to the page, the challenge for students is to “Partner up with another classroom and create a ten minute documentary telling the story of the H.L. Hunley.” The photos section of the website provides a nice collection of photographs related to the Hunley along with some additional links to Hunley related lesson plans. The Starter Videos Section provides links to a few videos related to the Hunley along with a great article about how Archeology Meets Technology. Finally, the Hunley Blog page contains a place where students place their artifacts, discuss their projects, share photos along with sharing their research and findings.
There is a great quote by Kevin on the website that says, “By allowing kids to collaborate with others online we allow learners to build and flex new muscles. These muscles will serve them well for the rest of their lives!” I could not agree more.
Here are some additional websites related to the Hunley for your viewing pleasure:
UPDATED: Check out Kevin’s Tell the Story of the Hunley PBL site
Until next time…