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The Gathering Storm

150 years ago this month, the country elects Abraham Lincoln president. Tension mounts as the country moves toward war.

The Gathering Storm »

From the Educators

November 2010
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

As many of us are aware the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (a.k.a. "the sesquicentennial) will begin in April. American history based organizations including the Trust have been working diligently for the past five years in preparation for this historic commemoration. We strongly believe this anniversary will foster increased awareness of Civil War history and its historical instruction; and we are in the process of creating a wealth of resources in order to meet this opportunity.

During November and December we hope that you will take a moment to teach your students, children, and grandchildren about the events that took place 150 years ago; specifically, Lincoln's election and the secession of South Carolina. Resources are available in our new 150th offering, The Gathering Storm, as well as in our This Day in the Civil War feature.

Thanks for all you do and, I fully expect, will do, throughout the Civil War sesquicentennial.

-Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education


CWPT Battle App

CWPT Battle App

CWPT recently released its first GPS-enabled Civil War battlefield touring app for the iPhone. This cutting-edge smartphone application allows you to know exactly where you are standing on the battlefield, access historian videos, orders of battle, and a wealth of historical information and photos.

Find Out More »


"The Gathering Storm" Lesson Plans

The Gathering Storm

Two new lesson plans are now available for middle and high school students. Using The Gathering Storm Exhibit and its primary source images as an instructional tool, these lessons are a great way to engage students in this very challenging topic.

Middle School Lesson »

High School Lesson »


New Book: Lincoln in 3-D

Lincoln in 3-D

The Civil War Preservation Trust recently had the chance to sit down with Civil War photography experts Bob Zeller and John Richter, authors of the new book, Lincoln in 3-D.

Read the Interview »


The Gettysburg Address Lesson

Gettysburg Address Lesson

Every November -- but particularly this one with the important decision soon to be made about Gettysburg's future -- it seems appropriate to revisit Lincoln's most famous speech, and re-examine what it meant and still means to Americans.

View the Lesson »


Annual Conference Scholarship

Annual Conference Scholarship

Have an interest in history and preservation? Apply for a scholarship to our Annual Conference, this May in Manassas, VA.

Annual Conference »

Apply Today »


National Archives Exhibit: Discovering the Civil War

National Archives Civil War exhibit

The National Archives in Washington DC has created a new exhibit focusing on the events and documents of the American Civil War. Check out the online exhibit here.

Learn More »


Book of the Month

I'll Pass for Your Comrade

I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War
By Anita Silvey. Clarion Books, New York, 2008.

During the Civil War, women contributed their services in many ways: as nurses, laundresses or vivandieres. They worked in factories or they worked the farms. They supported the troops from home. They acted as spies. Other women volunteered in unthinkable and unexpected ways; they disguised themselves as men and fought as soldiers. As Silvey points out in this well researched examination of female soldiers in the Civil War, for any woman to want to fight was considered abnormal by the standards of the day. But this attitude did little to stop women such as Martha Parks Lindley (who passed down her uniform and pistol to her children) and Melverina Peppercorn (who could spit tobacco ten feet) and the more well-known Loreta Velazquez and Jennie Hodgers from defying social conventions and risking their lives and reputations on the battlefield. Silvey explores a variety of reasons that compelled some women to forsake the security of home for the dangers of army life. Displaying how women not only disguised themselves but also managed to enlist and serve undiscovered. The difficult transition to civilian life faced by the surviving women underscores the challenges they continued to face long after the war ended. Photographs, illustrations and maps complement the text, which includes primary source excerpts. Readers can follow up with the extensive bibliography and source notes provide additional documentation. In her author's notes, Silvey reserves praise for the Civil War Preservation Trust for their dedication to battlefield preservation. I'll Pass for Your Comrade is a fascinating look at individual women, the Confederate or Union regiments in which they served, and the battles in which they participated. Highly recommended for grades 7 and up.

Purchase I'll Pass for Your Comrade »

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. In November 1864, what party did Abraham Lincoln represent when he sought his historic re-election?

Q. In November 1865, who became the last Confederate officer to surrender his command?

Answers from the Archives »


Civil War on the Web

  • NYT: Disunion
    New, daily examination from the New York Times of the period when the United States almost ripped itself apart 150 years ago now, using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and 'historical assessments'.
  • Lectures by Eric Foner, David Brion Davis and Ira Berlin
    Three lectures from some of the top minds in the field are now available as podcasts from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website. For free!
  • The Washington Post: Civil War 150
    Ongoing special coverage of the 150th anniversary, including a particularly good interactive timeline and updating sesquicentennial news from the Washington Post

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