Center for Civil War Photography

by fifer1863 on 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 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.
Rose Woods Dead in 3D


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The Digitization Center has been making historical documents available online.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.


Ghosts of the Hunley

by fifer1863 on February 7, 2012

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…


Virtual Civil War Battlefield Tours

December 7, 2011

The Civil War is an integral part of United States history that has fascinated Americans for generations. The war began one hundred and fifty years ago, but its battlefields remain some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Each year, thousands of Civil War enthusiasts, schoolchildren, and master’s degree students visit such sites […]

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Civil War Journeys Website

September 15, 2011

I was recently contacted about a new website with resources for teaching the Civil War.  The site is called Civil War Journeys and I thought I would share a quick overview with you. Civil War Journeys is a nice educational resource on the American Civil War. The site contains nearly 4,000 battlefield photographs that students […]

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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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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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Favorite Websites

May 1, 2011

I’m often asked about my favorite websites so I am providing the following list for your enjoyment. PENNSYLVANIA IN THE CIVIL WAR ONLINE RESOURCES Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission Gettysburg National Military Park Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Civil War Flags Pennsylvania State Archives Pennsylvania Civil War Soldiers ADDITIONAL ONLINE […]

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Mysterious Civil War “Alternate Reality” Game

April 28, 2011

A great opportunity for students is being offered, free, by the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. An “alternate reality” game entitled “The Jewel of the Valleys” will begin on May 15th, for students, classes, teachers, and the general public. The game will revolve around a mysterious document discovered in the Museum’s vaults, and […]

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Educational Resources from Harpers Ferry

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. Links to online text books: Other curriculum resources such two Jeopardy games: School programs: General History: […]

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Civil War Battlefield Markers website

March 14, 2011

Here is a cool link that I cam across recently, a database of battlefield and historical markers. According to the website, “Listed here are blog entries, pages, and links to marker lists which detail the historical markers located on Civil War battlefields.” It goes on to say, “The intent is to offer “virtual tours” of the […]

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Look what I found 7/24/10

July 24, 2010

Just a quick list of items that I’ll be adding to the wiki.  I hope to be doing these more frequently so stay tuned. Harriet Tubman Interact Map from Harcourt School — A cute little interactive that allows students to learn more about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman Webhunt from Scholastic — A great resource that […]

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The Lincoln Archive

July 17, 2010

During the recent ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Karen Needles who is the Director for the Lincoln Archives Digital Project (LADP). According the the website, “the Lincoln Archives Digital Project is providing unlimited access to the historic but fragile paper records of the administration of President Abraham Lincoln.”  This project is “identifying […]

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Another Great Resource

June 5, 2010

The following is by far one of the best Civil War related websites for educators that I have seen.’s Civil War Page contains a wealth of activities and resources including: Interactive Battle Maps Civil War Timeline Cause and Effects of the Civil War People of the Civil War Union and Confederacy Civil War Activities […]

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Introducting Patriot Pete

March 31, 2010

As you know, my daughter has her Civil War Sallie project that is traveling around teaching and learning about the Civil War.  Well, my son CJ has created his own project named Patriot Pete.  As the newest member of the Follow Me Project family, Patriot Pete was created to get kids to learn more about […]

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Read Books on the Civil War Online

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 […]

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The Edublog Award Nominations

December 1, 2009

The Edublog Awards 2009 are open for nomination! This is a chance for educators to nominate and celebrate the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology. Here are the categories, I would like to nominate the following individuals: Best individual blog — Speaking […]

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The Complete Gettysburg Guide

November 10, 2009

I recently received a copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide by J.D. Petruzzi and Steven Stanley and I wanted to share my thoughts on the book.   To begin, this is by far one of the best guides to the Battle of Gettysburg that I have read.  In addition to detailing the three days of the […]

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Animated Battle Maps from CWPT

October 16, 2009

Over the past year CWPT has worked on these maps, gradually developing a template for the “animated map.” Taking the traditional static battle map, we have compressed the battle into a short/bite-size presentation, inserted a historical narrative, and set the once still armies into animated action. The outcome is a user friendly, high-speed learning experience for students of all ages.

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The Secrets of the Civil War

October 8, 2009

Just a quick post to share that the July 2007 issue of U.S. News and World Report had a special section called The Secrets of the Civil War. The articles pretty good and there are some great resources that can be used in your classroom including a multimedia timeline of the war. Check it out […]

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