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The 2010-2011 school year contests have begun! Sponsored by History™ teachers can submit their Best Civil War Lesson Plan as well as their students' work into the Essay and Postcard Contests.

Best Lesson Plan Contest »

Essay and Postcard Contests »

From the Educators

August 2010
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

I have now been working full time at CWPT for just four months and I am so very pleased to have met so many "Civil War teachers." Time and again, at our Teacher Institute, in correspondence, and at various events, I am impressed with the dedication, passion, and care that so many teachers bring to their classrooms. Whether you are allotted one day or one year to teach the Civil War to your students, we will continue to work hard to support you in your important work. We are moving ahead on several initiatives (top secret, for now) that we think will be of great interest and help to you all. Now that you're sufficiently tantalized, I'll move on.

As the school year begins, let us help you in the classroom. See inside for our traveling trunk program, teaching and preservation opportunities at Fredericksburg and of course our 2010-2011 contests. Our contests are once again sponsored by History™ and the prizes are bigger than ever!

Thanks for all you do for our heritage, our favorite topic, and for the preservationists of tomorrow!

-Garry Adelman, Director of History and Education


Traveling Trunk

Traveling Trunk

Sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises, INC. The Civil War Traveling Trunk program provides reproduction Civil War artifacts, books, music and other various materials free for teachers to utilize during their Civil War instruction.

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Save Fredericksburg's Slaughter Pen Farm

Save Slaughter Pen Farm

Slaughter Pen Farm is the "very heart and soul of the Fredericksburg battlefield," says historian Frank O'Reilly. It is for places like the Slaughter Pen Farm that the Civil War Preservation Trust exists.

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Teach the Battle of Fredericksburg and Mapping Skills

Teach Fredericksburg

Use our lesson plan and animated map to teach the Battle of Fredericksburg, addressing mapping skills and military history. Fantastic mapping worksheets are available with the lesson.

Teach the Battle »


Save Manassas

Save Manassas

One of the most popular battlefield classrooms for students in and around our nation's capital; help us save this hallowed ground and protect it for generations to come.

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Teach Civics through Preservation »


Coming Soon: Another Outdoor Classroom

Mine Run Outdoor Classroom

For the last few years, CWPT has been working on an interpretive plan for our Mine Run Battlefield at Payne's Farm. The November 27, 1863, fight at the Payne's Farm was the only significant battle of the failed Union campaign. It was a bloody, see-saw fight which resulted in more than 1,400 killed, wounded or captured. We plan a 1½-mile walking trail with more than ten wayside exhibits to detail the action. We hope the new classroom will be open to the public by springtime. We'll keep you posted!

Visit our Mine Run page »


Book of the Month

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary
By Mary Pope Osborne

Part of the Scholastic My America Series, My Brother's Keeper is set in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the summer of 1863. The main character, Virginia, has been put in charge of her brother's diary while he helps their father prepare for the invading Confederate army. Virginia documents the town happenings during the Confederates' arrival, the battle, and the aftermath.

A comfortable reading level for 3rd-5th graders, the story unfolds quickly and dramatically; written as a diary, My Brother's Keeper is a great way to view the battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of a child.

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

A) On December 25, 1862 Robert E. Lee wrote the following words to his wife in reference to which 1862 battle?

"But what a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world! I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace… My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men."

B) Democrats nominated this former General in Chief of the Union Army for President on August 29, 1864 to run against Republican incumbent Abraham Lincoln.

Answers from the Archives »


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