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Once again a group of investors have chosen Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - the scene of indescribable suffering in 1863 - as the location for a new casino. The proposed casino would be a mere ½ mile from the National Park. Fortunately we can stop them!

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From the Educators

March 2010
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

This month we have two great ways for you to get involved. The Gettysburg Battlefield is once again in danger of a proposed casino. The casino will be approximately a half mile from the battlefield and will negatively impact the visitor experience. As Jim Lighthizer stated, "locating and marketing a gambling facility at Gettysburg unavoidably conflicts with the essential meaning of this place in American history." This is a great opportunity to get your students involved with battlefield preservation while teaching civics, community involvement, and persuasive letter writing.

The other opportunity to get involved is by providing scholarship funds to send a teacher to the 2010 Teacher Institute. Every year we receive dozens of scholarship applications from teachers who would like to attend the institute, but just cannot afford the cost of travel. You can help support these motivated teachers learn more about the American Civil War, which will in turn provide a better educational experience for their students.

- Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs

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The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee

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Learn and teach the Battle of Franklin, use the animated map to explore the soldier's experience as well as the civilian's. When you are done get your students, scout group, or history club involved in our latest campaign.

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Book of the Month

With Every Drop of Blood

With Every Drop of Blood: A Novel of the Civil War
James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

With Every Drop of Blood follows 14 year old Johnny, a native Virginian from the Shenandoah Valley. Johnny has just lost his father because of the war and now needs to support his family. When offered a large amount of money for his work Johnny decides to join a wagon train to Richmond. Along the way the wagon train is attacked by Union forces and Johnny is captured.

With Every Drop of Blood is told through Johnny's point of view, with all his rash decision making and uncertainty. Throughout the book Johnny struggles with the cause of the war and spends a majority of his time questioning its meaning.

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

A) While this document is commonly thought of as freeing the slaves, it actually only freed the slaves in the states who were in "rebellion" and only if these states did not come back into the Union by January, 1863.

B) On May 22, 1863 this War Department general order was finally issued after frequent requests. Many historians believe that this was a major advantage for the Union Army.

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