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10th Annual Teacher Institute

Our 10th Annual Teacher Institute will be held from July 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee. Following the Institute each year participants are asked to complete an evaluation, letting CWPT know what worked well and how we can improve. During the past nine years participants have asked for more battlefield tours and an increase in technology workshops. In order to address the collective feedback and stay within our limited budget, we have restructured both the length and cost of the program. The 2011 Teacher Institute will consist of a two-day program bookended by optional events. The Teacher Institute will be free to educators while the optional programs entail nominal fees only to offset CWPT's additional costs. CWPT membership is required to attend the Teacher Institute.

2011 Teacher Institute »

From the Educators

October 2010
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

Being passionate about so many facets of Civil War history, I continue to be excited and impressed with what we are accomplishing together. The broad range of topics covered in this newsletter includes battlefields east and west, teachers at various grade levels, activities, awards and more. We will truly never run out of things to work on.

Nicole Osier, our senior manager for Education Programs, has been working hard on the next Teacher Institute and we hope you can join us in Nashville next summer. We are assembling an impressive and wide-ranging slate of programs comprising our longest-ever Institute.

Thanks for all you do and, I fully expect, will do, as the Civil War sesquicentennial marches ever closer.

-Garry Adelman, Director of History and Education


The Battle of Franklin, TN

Franklin, TN

Want to know more about the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee? CWPT has an animated map to get you started along with battle maps, a brief battle summary, pictures, and articles.

Learn more about Franklin »


Madison Middle School's Student Preservationists

Madison Middle Schoolers

Tom Watts and Madison Middle School's Junior Historical Society have helped CWPT carry out its mission of protecting Civil War battlefields, ensuring that a new generation of preservationists stands ready to carry on this important work.

Learn More »


Third Winchester Teacher Tour

Third Winchester Teacher Tour

On October 15th, CWPT's Educators led a tour of the Third Winchester battlefield for local teachers. The battlefield, while undiscovered by some has become a great resource for others.

Find out More »


Online Quiz: The Battle for Culp's Hill

Culp's Hill

Test your knowledge in our new Battle for Culp's Hill quiz. Which Confederate division attacked Culp's Hill on the evening of July 2, 1863?

Take the Quiz »


New Shiloh Photo Gallery

Shiloh Photo Gallery

View our new Shiloh Battlefield photo gallery. See photos of the Hornet's Nest, Sunken Road, Ruggles Battery, Bloody Pond, Pittsburg Landing, Grants Last Line, and more.

View the Gallery »

Book of the Month

Lincoln's High Tech War

Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North used the telegraph, railroads, surveillance balloons, ironclads, high powered weapons and more to win the Civil War
By Allen, Thomas B. and Roger MacBridge Allen

Students researching the technology of the Civil War need look no further than this detailed, well-researched study on how Lincoln applied technology to give the Union a military advantage during the Civil War.

Lincoln, himself an inventor and the only presidential patent holder, grasped the military importance of technology such as railroads and telegraphs long before many of his generals. Chapters on railroads, the telegraph, surveillance balloons and rifled weapons and other technologies are interspersed with "situation reports" that brief the reader on the military and political events of the war at key periods in the Eastern and Western Theaters.

In addition to describing the technology and how it was used during the war by both the Union and the Confederacy, the authors also explain how the technology affected the outcome of the war on land and sea. The readable text is accurate without being overly technical, making this a readable title for research and pleasure reading. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

Purchase Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War »

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. In October 1861, who became the only sitting U.S. Senator to be killed in action during the Civil War?

Q. In October 1862, defeat at this battle effectively ended Southern hopes of drawing Kentucky into the Confederacy.

Answers from the Archives »


Civil War on the Web

  • Docs Teach
    From the National Archives, a new online tool for teaching with documents, utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet for a new innovative approach to primary sources.
  • Civil War Resources from the VMI Archives
    An archival collection with a unique focus on the Virginia Military Institute. Includes interesting primary resource material regarding Stonewall Jackson's tenure as an instructor.
  • Civil War Music - Primary Source Set - For Teachers
    From the Library of Congress, an excellent compendium of Civil War era music & music related images, prepared for teachers.

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