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March 9, 2007

Best Civil War Lesson Plan, Monitor vs. Virginia, Events

 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.




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Sponsored by The History Channel and the Civil War Preservation Trust
Do you have a terrific Civil War lesson plan to share – one that is challenging and relevant to today’s students?  Then enter the Best Civil War Lesson Plan contest for a chance to win money and recognition! 

First Place -- $1,000;
Second Place -- $750;
Third Place -- $500

Prizes are generously donated by The History Channel.

Who May Enter:  K-12 teachers nationwide – in public, private and home schools

Deadline:  All submissions must be received by December 1, 2007.

Guidelines:  All lesson plans must include the following elements in order to be considered:

*The teacher’s complete contact information – including the name of the teacher’s school with complete mailing address, complete home address, and preferred phone number and/or email address.
*A brief description of the goals of the lesson and concepts to be taught;
*A list of the materials to be used, as well as copies of teacher-created handouts;
*A brief description of the time involved;
*An explanation of the methods to be used;
*A list of correlating state standards for social studies / history in the teacher’s home state, OR the appropriate NCSS strands (; *Use of at least one primary source -- this could be an historic photograph, document, letter, diary, artifact, etc.; and
*Inclusion of elements that are engaging and thought provoking for students with a variety of learning styles.
**If possible, teachers are encouraged to introduce the concept of battlefield preservation within their lesson.  However, lack of this component will not cause an entry to be disqualified;
**Teachers are also encouraged, but not required, to submit a method of evaluation with their lesson plan.

Submissions become the property of the Civil War Preservation Trust and The History Channel, and may be reprinted, posted on their respective web sites, and/or shared via other forms of media.

Winning teachers will be notified by January 15, 2008. 

Send your lesson plan to:
Education Department
Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD  21740



==> "FULL METAL CORSET" Airs on History Channel March 25
A new Civil War documentary, “Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War,” will air on cable television’s History Channel on March 25. This program will take you behind the lines to tell the story of two of the Civil War’s most interesting women soldiers—Sarah Emma Edmonds and Loreta Janeta Velazquez. Edmonds , who was just 17 years old in 1858, escaped an arranged marriage and tyrannical father to begin a new, more prosperous life, as a man. She took her perfected disguise to the enlistment office and served two years in the Union Army as Franklin Thompson. Another woman suffering the oppressions of society, Velazquez was determined to defy convention. Disguised as Harry T. Buford, she traveled through the south as a self-appointed Confederate officer. This documentary brings to life the amazing tales of these two women recounting the sacrifice of identity, fear of discovery and the constant need for duplicity—even under fire. Check your local listings for air times and repeat air dates.

==> LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD:  The 1st National Underground Railroad Summit * Sept 10 - 15, 2007
In conjunction with the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program, for the first time each nationally recognized Underground Railroad site and program will be represented in one place to celebrate the history and research associated with the story of the Underground Railroad. This historical five-day conference will feature pre-conference events, exhibits, speakers, workshops, performances, and more.
The event will be hosted on the campus of Georgetown College , Georgetown, KY.     September 10 - 15, 2007 
Click here to receive a registration packet and more information.

Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m.
(Washington, D.C., 2/27/2007) -- On Tuesday, March 13, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host a news conference to announce the most endangered Civil War battlefields of 2007.  Speaking at the news conference will be former Congressmen Charlie Wilson and Bob Mrazek.  Wilson is the central character of the best selling book Charlie Wilson’s War, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  Mrazek is the author of the Civil War novel Stonewall’s Gold.  Wilson and Mrazek will be joined at the news conference by historian Dr. Libby O’Connell of The History Channel and CWPT President James Lighthizer. The news conference will be held at 10 a.m. in the Frank Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.  Copies of the report, entitled History Under Siege: 's Most Endangered Battlefields, will be available at the event.  Food and beverages will be served.  CWPT members are welcome to attend. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Jim Campi or Mary Goundrey at 202-367-1861.



One of the most famous naval battles in history occurs as the ironclads Monitor and Virginia fight to a draw off Hampton Roads, Virginia. The ships pounded each other all morning but the armor plates easily shed the cannon shots, signaling a new era of steam-powered iron ships.
To read more, visit:
You may also visit


Wilberforce, Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery
Introduction of Basic Research Resources (National Archives)
Lincoln honors Wilberforce and the Abolitionist Cause (1858)
Dred Scott decision and its bitter legacy
Abraham Lincoln: Tyrant, Hypocrite or Consummate Statesman?
Selected photographs from the Civil War
Commercial site, but has links to good audio articles



A. Which Union general was forced to flee into the nearby woods (with his family) during the 1831 Nat Turner slave revolt?

B. Which general, born in Virginia, was disowned by his family after his decision to remain loyal to the Union?

C. Who was the highest ranking Mexican American to serve the Confederacy?

D. I was born in Ovens, County Cork, on March 16, 1828. My father had been a physician so I thought I would follow in his footsteps.  But I failed the entrance exam to Trinity College.  After this, I enlisted in the British Army, but bought my discharge 3 years later.  With two brothers and a sister I came to and eventually settled in Arkansas.  I became a naturalized citizen and in 1856 began to practice law.  When the Civil War began, I sided with the Confederacy.  Who am I?

E. Who said, “My business is staunching blood, and feeding fainting men”?




Feel free to pass this information along to fellow teachers.
If you need more information, contact me at

TEACHER INSTITUTE: Save the date - Chattanooga, TN : July 20-22, 2007.
Our event site will be the Sheraton Read House, and we will visit sites in the Chickamauga/Chattanooga area.
For more information, visit

CURRICULUM CD-ROM: Download at the link below, or e-mail to get a free copy.

Receive the monthly classroom newsletter and quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine. You also receive a packet of classroom materials, curriculum CD-ROM & *Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation & Am erica's First National Military Parks *.  To sponsor a classroom - or receive an application to give to a potential sponsor - please contact me. You may also request a sample newsletter!



Both winning students AND their teachers are rewarded!
ADOPT A BATTLEFIELD: Your classroom can save battlefields while learning about their history! Contact me for background information on the program in general and for a preview of contents. Site packs include Antietam, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, Trevilian Station, Perryville, Peninsula Campaign and Harpers Ferry.

TRAVELING TRUNK: For the 2007/2008 school year, rent a trunk of hands-on materials and teaching tools to help your Civil War unit. February, March, April and May book extremely quickly.

A. WILSON GREENE SCHOLARSHIP - earn money towards a field trip to Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier ( Petersburg, VA ) - or have them visit your school. E-mail for details.

 Till next time, take care and stay in touch.


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*A. Gen. George H. Thomas.  Smithsonian magazine has a terrific article about Gen. Thomas – you can now view it online at

*B.  Also US Gen. George H. Thomas.

*C. Col. Santos Benavides.  He was responsible for successfully defending Laredo from Union attack, and for arranging to have Texas cotton shipped safely to Matamoros.

*D. Patrick Cleburne.

*E. Clara Barton.


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

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