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December 18, 2008

Gifted & Talented Curriculum, Teacher Institute, South Carolina Secedes, Magazine Receives Facelift


Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher Newsletter

The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) is America's largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. CWPT's Education Department promotes Civil War battlefield preservation by encouraging the study of the war's timeless lessons, provoking thought about the vital roles these battlefields play in our nation's history.


South Carolina Secedes from the Union


Teachers Invited to Apply to be Presenters at the Summer Teacher Institute


Feedback Welcomed




South Carolina Secedes from the Union

"South Carolina officially leaves the United States when a convention ratifies an article of secession. South Carolina, the first state to secede, was followed within a few weeks by six other states, who collectively formed the Confederate States of America. When hostilities erupted in April 1861, four more states joined the Confederacy."

*Courtesy of History (formerly "The History Channel")

Teaching Note:  If your birthday falls on December 20th, you will always remember that South Carolina seceded on that date in 1860.  To make personal connections, ask students to research events that happened on their own birthday.  Resources like "Civil War Day by Day" or "Civil War Almanac" are extremely useful in this task.


Christmas in the Confederacy, by Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 
By visiting the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial web site and clicking on "Teachers" (right side, towards the middle), you may obtain a Lincoln poster for your classroom.
What to get that Civil War addict during this holiday season.
Allies for Emancipation?: Black Abolitionists and Abraham Lincoln, by Manisha Sinha
The Historian's Perspective
From the Office of Counterintelligence, a bio on Canadian Sarah Emma Edmonds, Union Spy and Nurse.  Most interesting:  she served the Union as a MAN.  Includes a great interactive QUIZ.
CWPT's recommended reading list for children.  Also good for the young Civil War buff in your house, or to add to your classroom resources.

==> ==> ==>Most important: update your "favorites" -- the CWPT history pages have moved to:

Teachers Invited to Apply to be Presenters at the Summer Teacher Institute

Deadline for proposals:  January 16, 2009

Work on your professional development goals, hone your presentation skills, or simply help your fellow teachers by sharing your successful Civil War teaching methods.   Apply now to be a presenter at the 2009 Teacher Institute.

The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host its Eighth Annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009 in Spotsylvania County, VA. This free weekend will feature "field trip" tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, focusing on techniques teachers can use to make a battlefield visit a central part of their Civil War curriculum. It will also feature classroom sessions.  The event is open to all teachers and school librarians grades K-12, not just history teachers. 

Goals of the CWPT Teacher Institute are 1) To provide a quality continuing education program for elementary through high school teachers; 2) To demonstrate methods teachers can use in their own classrooms, 3) To boost teachers’ Civil War content knowledge, and 4) To energize teachers in preparation for the next school year.

Presentation Guidelines

1)  Half of our attendees come to the institute to gain Civil War content knowledge.  Half attend to sharpen their teaching methods.  As such, we need to provide both method presentations and content presentations.  Keep in mind that even content presentations need to demonstrate how to use your presentation in the classroom.

2)  Attendees will vary from elementary through high school levels.  There are new teachers and long-time teachers, Civil War buffs and Civil War novices, locals and travelers.  Presenters should prepare for a variety of different people with different backgrounds.

3)  Past attendees have sought a variety of supplementary materials that can be used in their classes and shared with colleagues back home.  Some examples are good course outlines, copies of photos and other images, copies of actual primary resources, suggestions for further reading, etc.  Each presenter will submit supplementary materials in electronic format to be included in the teacher resource book.  The deadline is May 1, 2009.  Materials will not be used for other purposes without your consent.  Presenters are discouraged from bringing loose handouts to the program. 

4)  Past attendees have indicated that they do not want to attend lectures.  Presentations should be interesting and interactive.  You are encouraged to bring props, photos, audio-visual aides, etc.  “Workshop” is a better word for what we are looking for.
If you are interested in being a presenter for the 2009 Summer Teacher Institute, please contact Nicole Osier at or 202.367.1861 x 223.



Members will be greeted with a dramatically different sight when they open their mailboxes this month. Hallowed Ground, the group’s award-winning membership magazine, is sporting a new look meant to emphasize the dramatic visual images of the Civil War and showcase the preservation organization’s wide range of activities. It is the first makeover of the magazine in nearly decade.

Readers will notice the difference immediately on seeing the cover, but the most significant changes are found inside. Reorganizing the departments within the magazine has created a broader canvas for highlighting CWPT’s various activities — from historic land preservation and battlefield interpretation to education workshops and grassroots activism.

The revamped magazine also aims to integrate its content with the many interactive features now available on CWPT’s website at Prominent icons direct readers to explore related and often exclusive online content. For the first time Hallowed Ground also has an online portal with general information about the publication and resources specific to the current issue.

For more information, go to


Feedback Welcomed at

Designed for "gifted and talented" students — or for students with a special interest in the Civil War — this adaptable enrichment experience may be used alone or in addition to your existing curriculum. Also endorsed by History, the program allows students to conduct an in-depth study of one of several Civil War figures through the lenses of character and leadership.

The curriculum includes primary sources, timelines, and character and leadership education, and is aligned with the National Council for the Social Studies' "Ten Thematic Strands". 

Download the curriculum at

Share this link.  And, most importantly -- give us your feedback!  Direct your comments to  Your comments are vital to improving our programs and directing future projects.



A.  Which Confederate General first served in Arkansas' "Yell Rifles"?

B.  Sarah Emma Edmondson (Canadian who served as a Union spy) earned a lot of money from her book, "Nurse and Spy in the Union Army".  However, she didn't keep her money.  To whom did she donate the money?

C.  Who wrote the following words?  "In this 'land of the free' we are burned, tortured, and denied a fair trial, murdered for any imaginary wrong conceived in the brain of the negro-hating white man. There is no redress for us from a government which promised to protect all under its flag. It seems a mystery to me. They say, 'One flag, one nation, one country indivisible.' Is this true? Can we say this truthfully, when one race is allowed to burn, hang, and inflict the most horrible torture weekly, monthly, on another? No, we cannot sing 'My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty'! It is hollow mockery. The Southland laws are all on the side of the white, and they do just as they like to the negro, whether in the right or not...  I do not uphold my race when they do wrong. They ought to be punished, but the innocent are made to suffer as well as the guilty, and I hope the time will hasten when it will be stopped forever ... I hope the day is not far distant when the two races will reside in peace in the Southland, and we will sing with sincere and truthful hearts, 'My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing.'"

D. The Confederate submarine, HL Hunley, sank at least how many times?

E.   The following statement describes which battlefield (which CWPT is attempting to preserve)?  "Help save an additional 209 acres of the historic battlefield at [.......], which witnessed 9,000 casualties and on which future U.S. Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley saw battle."  CS General Jubal Early and US General Philip Sheridan fought here on this site, in the increasingly important (and long-fought-after) Shenandoah Valley.  The 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign was extremely important -- not just for the Valley itself and its resources -- but because Abraham Lincoln (and the Republicans) needed a large-scale victory to win the 1864 presidential campaign.  At this site, Sheridan received valuable intelligence from Rebecca Wright (a Quaker) and Tom Laws (a freedman).




Teacher Institute: July 24-26, 2009, Spotsylvania County Virginia.
The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host its Eighth Annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009 in Spotsylvania County, VA. This free weekend will feature "field trip" tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, focusing on techniques teachers can use to make a battlefield visit a central part of their Civil War curriculum. This event is open to all teachers and school librarians grades K-12, not just history teachers.  Workshops are designed not only to impart specific information about the era but also a variety of pedagogical strategies to help teachers bring the Civil War to life in their classrooms.  Once again, Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies will be an active partner in the institute. Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Director of the Center, will be a keynote speaker at the institute and will be joined by William C. Davis, Director of Programs for the Center. Through our partnership with Virginia Tech, CWPT is able to offer Continuing Education Unit credits to participating educators.  WE ARE LOOKING for qualified teacher-presenters.  If you are interested, download an application at

For more information contact the Civil War Preservation Trust at (202) 367-1861 ext. 223
or by email at

For more details, visit

Two-Week Civil War Curriculum CD-ROM: For grades 5, 8 & 11.
Download online, or send your land address to
The classroom curriculum guide is endorsed by History (The History Channel). According to Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian at History, the CWPT Civil War curriculum guide is "the best two-week curriculum on the Civil War available to teachers today."  Dr. O'Connell notes that the guide is part of History's ongoing partnership with CWPT to encourage students and teachers alike to learn more about our nation's unique Civil War heritage.

Classroom Membership:
Monthly "Civil War Classroom" and quarterly "Hallowed Ground" magazine, classroom materials, curriculum CD-ROM & "It Happened in the Civil War". To sponsor a classroom, sign up, or review a newsletter - contact

Civil War Preservation Trust Education Web Site

Poster & Essay Competition:
Both the top students and their teachers are rewarded! Slogan for 2008/2009:  "It's Our Turn! Fight to Save Civil War Battlefields". Deadline:  May 15, 2009.  Learn more at or by emailing We NEED your great essays and creative posters!  Both winning students AND their teachers are rewarded.

Adopt a Battlefield:
Save battlefields while teaching about their history! Current adopt a battlefield learning packets include the Slaughter Pen at Fredericksburg, Deep Bottom and Glendale.  More packets will be developed in the future.  Please send a recordable computer data CD to the address at the end of this newsletter.  But please stay in touch: soon the packets will be available online.

Traveling Trunk:
Rent one for the 2009 school year to access hands-on items, books, music and visuals. For more details, email  Stay in touch -- more details will be available through the new CWPT History Center and Classroom.

Civil War Preservation Trust book list at LibraryThing



A. Patrick Cleburne.

B. Emma gave her money to the U.S. War Relief Fund.  After serving so many wounded soldiers, she continued to help even after the war.  Sadly, she was destitute in her last years, and finally died due to a recurrence of the malaria she contracted in the Army.

C.  Susie King Taylor, in her memoirs, "Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S. C. Volunteers".  Susie served the 33rd USCT as a nurse and a teacher, and she did not earn a dime for her work.

D.  At least three times, although on its last voyage it was successful in sinking the USS Housatonic, forever changing the nature of naval warfare.  Some historians claim to have found period statements which indicate that the Hunley may have sunk more than three times.

E.  Third Winchester, also known as Opequon.


Jennifer Rosenberry
Education Coordinator
Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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