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The Telegraph - July/August 2013

Gettysburg Teacher Institute

The Civil War Trust held its largest National Teacher Institute yet on July 25-28 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This four- day event included professional development workshops with expert educators, battlefield tours with licensed battlefield guides, and talks with renowned speakers, authors, and historians. Thank you to all the teachers whose enthusiasm helped make this event such a success! Were you unable to attend the Institute? Check out the video below, and be sure to register for next year's Institute!

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Gettysburg 360

Gettysburg 360 Just in time for the 150th Anniversary, the Civil War Trust recently released our newest virtual battlefield tour, Gettysburg 360. With its panoramic display, students can explore the battlefield at Gettysburg without leaving the classroom. Our accompanying Educator's Guide provides lesson plans and ideas for utilizing Gettysburg 360 as a meaningful teaching tool.

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Gettysburg Animated Map

Gettysburg Animated Map The latest in our animated map series, the Gettysburg Animated Map helps student understand the Battle of Gettysburg like never before. This interactive map, complete with live-action video footage and photographs, demonstrates the way the Battle of Gettysburg unfolded throughout each of its three days.

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Back to School

Back to School The end of August means back to school, and the Trust offers an extensive list of resources to help educators bring the Civil War to life. Our lesson plans and curricula are available for free online. Educators can also order hard copies or the curriculum, haversacks full of documents and artifacts, and class sets of 3-D glasses to view our online collection of 3-D photography.

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Reserve Your Traveling Trunk

Reserve Your Traveling Trunk Registration for this year's Civil War Traveling Trunk program is now open! This free program provides reproduction Civil War artifacts, documents, books, music, and various other materials that offer students a hands-on learning experience. Spots for this program fill quickly, so register for the 2013-2014 school year today.

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Chickamauga Sesquicentennial

Chickamauga The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, the Civil War's bloodiest battle in the West, is just around the corner. From September 18-20, the Civil War Trust's Education Department will be live-tweeting the events of the Battle of Chickamauga in real time. Follow us on Twitter to stay on top of the action.

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Civil War In4

Interview The Civil War Trust has recently launched our In4 video series. These videos offer short, easy to understand explanations of significant Civil War topics, making them perfect for classroom use.

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Book of the Month

Book of the Month

Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers
Paulsen, Gary
New York: Dell- Laurel Leaf, 1998.

Based on a true story, Gary Paulsen's Soldiers' Heart tells the story of Charley Goddard, a 15 year-old boy from Minnesota who lies about his age to enlist in the Union army in 1861. Excited to leave farm life behind, Charley enlists in the 1st Minnesota Volunteers. Initially bored by camp life, Charley eagerly awaits the call for his regiment to travel east.

When the 1st Minnesota is called to Manassas Junction, Virginia, morale is high. Not long after, however, Charley finds himself in his first battle, the Battle of Bull Run, and is horrified by the realities of warfare. Convinced that he will not live through the war, Charley faces battle after battle and becomes disillusioned with the war.

Charley's time in the army ends after the bloodiest battle he has yet faced - the Battle of Gettysburg. Charley is seriously wounded during a charge and proclaims that, at last, he is dying.

The war leaves Charley feeling as though he is already an old man. He suffers from "soldier's heart," the nineteenth century equivalent of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he realizes that his life has been changed forever.

This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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!


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Trivia from the Archives

General Q: In 1913, a group of more than 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans gathered on a Northern battlefield to reenact what famous charge?


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