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May 2, 2008

Teacher Institute, Poster & Essay Contest, Madison Middle School (Students Saving Battlefields)

 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.

   Take a break during testing to think about a special treat this summer!

   Why not use your spring Civil War studies to join our competition?






   Hagerstown, MD • July 25-27, 2008


* “Field trips” to Antietam and Harpers Ferry.
* Workshops demonstrating pedagogical strategies.


Civil War Lost and Found: An Antietam Soldier’s Diary
Civil War Service Records as Primary Source
Creating a Student Living History Museum
Lincoln Assassination Murder Mystery
Teaching the Civil War with Technology
Economic Issues in the Civil War
Teaching the Civil War to Elementary Students
Marie Tepe: Vivandiere – Women in the Civil War
Organizing a Youth Re-enactment Program
Creating a Civil War Sesquicentennial Event

*Saturday Field Trip choices:

Antietam – Two NPS Education programs
     Battlefield in a Box, & Angels of the Battlefield),
     battlefield tour


Harpers Ferry – Includes three NPS Education programs
     (covering John Brown, the Civil War in Harpers Ferry,
     and the African American Experience), battlefield tour

*Special Guests:

-Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Director,
     Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech
-William C. Davis, Director of Programs,
     Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech
-Hari Jones, African American Civil War Museum
-Garry Adelman, Center for Civil War Photography

*Saturday Evening Panel Discussion

*Continuing Education Units offered through
     Virginia Tech (by pre-registration)

*Limited number of Stipends available

*For more information
Contact the Civil War Preservation Trust at
     (301) 665.1400 ext. 204


Imagine you are in a town meeting between a developer and a Civil War battlefield community.  Why should the community fight to keep its Civil War site from becoming a housing development?  How will saving the battlefield benefit the community and future generations?  Why does Civil War battlefield preservation make us better people?

Both winning students and their teachers are rewarded!  Prizes have been donated by The History Channel! 

All entries must be received in our office by May 15, 2008. Entrants will be notified of contest results in June.

You are encouraged to read the entire guidelines at


Thanks to Terry Levering for this link.  He says, “This "Pay Attention" film clip was played at one of the workshops at our professional day yesterday. It’s very thought provoking for anyone interested in education... even if you disagree with it.”
Battlefields as green space.  4.22.08, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch
“The name "Cold Harbor" is said to originate from a pre-Civil War tavern that was a haven for travelers seeking food and shelter from the cold.  The area still acts as a haven -- nearly 150 years after the War Between the States -- but mostly for plants, animals and people looking for peace and quiet in nature.”  Still, “‘Cold Harbor is considered the classic example in Virginia of trench warfare,’ … The prolonged battle there May 31 to June 12, 1864, saw combined casualties for Confederate and Union troops reach more than 16,000.”
Now Debate This! is a national scholarship competition taking place this summer. Sixteen of the best and brightest will be selected to spend their summer studying the lives and legacies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. At the end of their studies, they will debate who the better President was. The winner will receive a full scholarship to the college of their choice.
Information about both the US and CS Signal Corps.
The Beardslee Flying Telegraph: history as well as downloadable manuals!
Cipher Discs in PDF format…
Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission web site

A. What was the full strength of an artillery battery (at the beginning of the war?

B. From the last teacher update (!): which Confederate vessel took two US ships off the island of Fernando do Noronha, Brazil, on April 15, 1863?

C. Also from the last teacher update (or your high school English class!) – who wrote the poem “On the Slain at Chickamauga”?

D. Who invented the minie bullet?

E. Thieves attempted to steal whose body in 1876?


[CWPT note:  Saving battlefields can be as easy as wearing your hat to school.  How?  Read on.]

By looking to the future, history students at Madison Middle School are preserving the past.

A small plot of land was purchased by the school's Junior Historical Society and added to the acreage the Civil War Preservation Trust is working to save at the Battle of Champion Hill site…

"We helped save a part of history," eighth-grader Xavier Cheatham said. "It's rewarding to know we got this land so it won't go to residential development," said Rod Bridges, president of the school club.

The officers and all-A students in the society got the opportunity to present their check for $250 - earned by sponsoring a day when students could pay $1 to wear a hat to school - to Vicksburg National Military Park Ranger Ranger Terry Winschel, a national board advisor to the Civil War Preservation Trust.

"You should be pleased and proud. Your children and your grandchildren can come to this spot and know you had a role in preserving it," Winschel told the students last week as he gave them a tour of the area where the battle took place on May 16, 1863.

Learn more at:

Students with Ranger Winschel:



During the American Civil War both sides used the latest technology to further their cause. Ironclad warships, repeating rifles, observation balloons, submarines, telegraphic communications and other innovative technologies played a major role in shaping the outcome of this great conflict.

Homepage: Our new homepage will allow us to feature a wider range of the content, preservation opportunities, and activities that the Civil War Preservation Trust is engaged in. With our new, cleaner homepage we are hoping to present to our members and visitors a more modern, dynamic, and engaging site.

We anticipate many new improvements, so bookmark and visit us often!

Get Involved:
Visit our newly improved section to find the resources and information to get involved.

Preservation Opportunities: Our new battlefield "Preservation Opportunity" appeals are designed to deliver a wealth of supporting information for each of our preservation efforts. Downloadable battlefield maps, historical content, links to related websites, photos, and recommended books are all a part.

Search System: Our new Google-powered search functionality will help you locate website information from our home page. Give it a try and email to let us know what you think.

Civil War Photography - historic and modern: Not only was photography an important subject during the Civil War, but we know that many of you enjoy photographing Civil War battlefields and subjects today and are eager to share your shutterbug skills with other enthusiasts. From this site you will also be able to access our growing archive of modern Civil War photos published on our CWPT Flickr site.

Civil War Books: Our supporters are passionate about Civil War books. So we’re creating a repository for our growing archive of Civil War books and our new bookstore. You’ll also be able to find links to other Civil War-related book sites and information on the latest Civil War releases.

Our First Animated Battlefield Map: Focusing on the action on May 1st, 1863 around the Chancellorsville battlefield – an area where the CWPT has been active in preserving threatened land. Watch the troops march over the blue patch of land that CWPT – and you, our supporters – helped to save. From this feature you will also be able to access related photos, historical content, and references.

... And More To Come

As always we welcome your thoughts and feedback on our latest website offerings. Please e-mail us at


Two-Week Civil War Curriculum CD-ROM: For grades 5, 8 & 11.  Download online, or e-mail your land address to to have it mailed.
The classroom curriculum guide is endorsed by The History Channel.  
Classroom Membership:
Contains the monthly classroom newsletter and quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, a packet of classroom materials, curriculum CD-ROM & book of Civil War trivia.  To sponsor a classroom, obtain an application, or view a newsletter - contact  

Civil War Preservation Trust Education Web Site

Adopt a Battlefield:
Save battlefields while teaching about their history! Site packs include Fredericksburg, Antietam, Appomattox, Perryville, Peninsula Campaign, Harpers Ferry, Third Winchester and Chancellorsville.   More sites will be added in the future.  Email for more details.  
Summer Teacher Institute – July 25-27, 2008



A. Batteries (the basic unit of soldiers in an artillery regiment; similar to a company in an infantry regiment) included 6 cannon (with the horses, ammunition, and equipment needed to move and fire them), 155 men, a captain, 30 other officers, 2 buglers, 52 drivers, and 70 cannoneers. As the War dragged on, very few batteries fought at full strength.
More information about Civil War artillery:

B. The CSS Alabama, of course!
More about the CSS Alabama, and the preservation of the wreck.

C.  Who was Herman Melville, Alex? 
Read the poem at or

D.  The minie bullet or minie ball, (pronounced "min-ee") was invented by two Frenchmen, Henri-Gustave Delvigne and Claude-Étienne Minié (pronounced "min-ee-ay"). Read more at or

E.  Abraham Lincoln’s body!  Why?!  Ransom money to free a convicted counterfeiter.


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

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