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Chicago-Area Regional Teacher Institute

The Chicago Area Regional Teacher Institute is fast approaching! Join us April 14-15, and engage with fellow teachers. Free for all K-12 educators, the institute will focus on the Civil War in the Midwest and will feature a tour of the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, WI and a talk by Dr. Theodore Karamanski, professor of history at Loyola University.

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From the Educators

March 2012
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

During this school year we have been busy with a number of Teacher Institutes. These free professional development events have received praise from our attendees and established a group of dedicated supporters. We are incredibly proud to offer these programs and hope to continue to do so for years to come.

Right now we need your help. Our goal for the 2012 National Teacher Institute is to host 225 educators. This would be the biggest number in institute history. In order to do this we need to get the word out. So this is my appeal to you – Please forward this e-newsletter to at least one educator you know. You do not need to ask them to sign-up for the enewsletter or even the Institute, just help us make others aware of this great opportunity. Many of our first-time institute attendees actually tell us that they would have been to an institute years ago if they had only known about it.

As always, thank you for your support.


Nicole Osier -- Senior Manager, Education Programs


Women's History Month

Women's History Month

During Women's History Month, be sure to utilize our numerous educational resources that touch on women's experiences during the Civil War. Learn about the ways women contributed to the war effort on the home front, as nurses in the field, or even disguised as soldiers! Our site is full of biographies, primary sources and lesson plans for use in the classroom.

Start here »


National Teacher Institute: Charleston

TI Charleston

This year's National Teacher Institute is primed to be the best ever. Join the Civil War Trust in Charleston for workshops, tours of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, distinguished speakers Bob Zeller and David Blight, and more! The Institute is free, and scholarships are available for travel!

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New Battlefield Hubs

Hampton Roads

We're updating our battlefield pages, adding educational content and helping you plan your visit. This month, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the first confrontation of ironclad warships in history, be sure to check out our new Battle of Hampton Roads hub. It's got loads of facts, new articles, photographs, and recommended books on the Monitor and the Merrimack. We're updating all our battlefield hubs, so check back often!

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Please help spread the word about the Civil War Trust's efforts to provide resources, lesson plans and field trip ideas to teachers!

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March Civil War Battles

March battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred this month. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

Pea Ridge »
Hampton Roads »
Kernstown »
Glorieta Pass »
Averasborough »
Bentonville »
Fort Stedman »


Book of the Month

The Civil War at Sea

The Civil War at Sea
By George Sullivan. Brookfield, Ct.: Twenty First Century Books, 2001.

In the first chapter, Sullivan acknowledges that "the Civil War is almost always looked upon as a land war." After reading this informative title, young historians will gain an understanding of and appreciation for the naval war that was waged on seas, rivers, harbors and bays. The numerous captioned primary source photographs and engravings complement the narrative, which covers almost every aspect of the maritime command for both the Union and the Confederate navies. Sullivan discusses how the opposing sides built their navies and how the changes in ship design revolutionized naval warfare, as well as how General Winfield Scott's plan to blockade Southern ports ultimately proved to be a contributing factor to the economic chaos in the South.

Rather than focus solely on the best known naval battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac (which has its own chapter), Sullivan thrills readers with Admiral David Farragut's attack of Mobile Bay, the bravery of the Hunley crew and the battle off the coast of France between the Union's Kearsarge and the Confederate Alabama, under the command of Raphael Semmes. Sullivan delves into the difficulties the Union encountered in maintaining the blockade and how they overcame those difficulties by establishing bases along the North Carolina coast. The role of Great Britain in building blockade runners for the Confederacy, the joint Army-Navy on the Mississippi and life of a sailor provide insight into the importance of the war fought on the water.

Special thanks to Rosanne Zajko for her book reviews! If you have a Civil War book that you particularly like, or would like to review for this newsletter, send it in to education@civilwar.org. Thanks!

Purchase Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life »
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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. In March, 1862, Stonewall Jackson began his legend-making Shenandoah Valley campaign with a defeat at which battle?

Q. Which major battle, fought in March, 1862, is distinguished by the fact that Confederate forces actually outnumbered Union forces?

Answers from the Archives »


Civil War on the Web

  • The Atlantic: The Civil War, Part 1 – The Places
    Part 1 in the Atlantic's fantastic photo series focuses on the different places of the Civil War: "the battleships, prisons, hospitals, urban centers, and rural pastures where history was made." The high quality, large scale photographs are a real treat.
  • Part 2 – The People
    Part 2 of the Atlantic's series focuses on "the generals, slaves, civilians, politicians, and soldiers that lived through those turbulent years." This series of individual and group portraits tells the story of the Civil War.
  • Part 3 – The Stereographs
    Part 3 focuses on the three-dimensional nature of photographs taken in the Civil War era. The vast majority were intended to be seen and experienced in 3-D, through a stereo-viewer. The Atlantic has developed an interesting technique for viewing the photographs in 3-D, by rapidly switching back and forth between the two perspectives. They also offer red/blue anaglyph versions of many of the images. To order a FREE pair of red/blue glasses, visit civilwar.org/3D

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