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Robert PattersonThe Civil War was a pivotal moment in American history, testing our commitment to the principle of union. In Tennessee, the war devastated cities and farmland, divided communities and families, mobilized both white and black populations, and transformed the economy and the landscape.

Welcome to the Civil War portal of the TPS-MTSU Web site. Here you will find all our Civil War-related resources and links, brought together in one place to assist educators and the interested public.

These resources are meant to accompany the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, which kicked off in November 2010 and will continue into 2015, with events and activities all over Tennessee. We will be adding new resources to this page throughout this period.

Contents:

Lesson plans and activities
Newsletters
Primary source sets
Content resources
Tools
Other Civil War resources
Gallery of Tennessee Civil War images

 

Lesson Plans & Activities

The Freedmen's Bureau

Freedmen's Bureau

  • 5th and 8th grade U.S. History, English/Language Arts

 

 

 

Roxborough Ladies Aid Society

"Help Is on the Way: Civil War Women and Relief Work"

  • 8th grade American History, Language Arts
  • Includes "Women and Relief Work Questions" worksheet and glossary
  • "Views of Women's Relief Work" PowerPoint

 

 

Walt Whitman notebook LC 94

"Walt Whitman and the Civil War"

  • 8th grade American History, Language Arts
  • Includes Examining Sources Response Chart and sample
  • Created by Rebecca Byrd, New Center Elementary School (Sevier County)

 

 

Refugee from East Tennessee"Geographic Politics - The Road to Secession in Tennessee"

  • 9th-12th grade Geography, Geology, Government, History
  • Worksheets
  • PowerPoint
  • Created by Robert Clark, Paulette Elementary School (Union County)

 

 

Unidentified Confederate Soldier in forage hat"A House Divided: The Civil War Home Front in Tennessee"

  • 5th & 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts
  • Created by Rebecca Byrd, New Center Elementary School (Sevier County)

 

 

 

Signal Telegraph machine and operator"Civil War Communications: The Role of the Telegraph on the Battlefield"

 

Emancipation"Views on the Emancipation Proclamation"

  • 8th grade Social Studies, Language Arts

 

 

Lincoln writing Proclamation of freedom

"The Emancipation Proclamation and Its Connections to the Thirteenth Amendment"

  • 8th grade Social Studies, Language Arts

 

 

Confederate solider in Devil's Den

"The Case of the Moved Body"

  • Exploring Civil War photography
  • High School English, Visual Arts History

 

Battle of nashville map

"Battle of Nashville 1864"

 

Civil War lesson plans from the Library of Congress


Newsletters

 

Henry Box Brown

June 2013

  • Theme: Civil War – Emancipation

 

 

Camp Greble near Norfolk

June 2012

  • Theme: Civil War – Occupation

 

 

Reenactment of Civil War siege April 1862

July 2011

  • Theme: Civil War – Divided Tennessee

 

 

Map of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Ry.

"Railroads in Tennessee"

  • High School Technology – Engineering, World Geography, Economics, and U.S. History
  • Lesson idea from August 2010 (bottom of p. 2)

 

Capture of Fort Henry

July 2010

  • Theme: Civil War – Home Front in Tennessee

 

 

Map showing entrance to Mobile Bay

"David Glasgow Farragut & the Battle for Mobile Bay"

  • 5th & 8th grade Social Studies, high school World Geography
  • Lesson idea from November 2009 (top of p. 3)

 

 


Primary source sets

Emancipation

"Emancipation During and After the Civil War"

  • Illustrations, engravings, photographs, letters, sheet music, and other printed documents on the topic of emancipation during and after the Civil War
  • Includes links and extended sections for teaching suggestions and historical background.

 

Homeguard

"Women in the Civil War"

  • Illustrations, engravings, photographs, letters, and printed documents on the topic of women and their role during the Civil War
  • Includes teaching suggestions, links, and brief historical background.

 

Camp in Monument Garden

"Occupation"

  • Illustrations, engravings, photographs, letters, and printed documents on the topic of occupation during the Civil War
  • Includes teaching suggestions, links, and brief historical background.

 

Lincoln writing Emancipation Proclamation

"Reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation"

  • Illustrations, prints, and political cartoons on the topic of differing views on the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Includes teaching suggestions, links, and brief historical background.

 

Underground Railroad

"Underground Railroad"

  • Photographs, maps, illustrations, and music as primary sources for the Underground Railroad
  • Includes teaching suggestions, links, and brief historical background.

 

Want a substitute

"Civil War homefront in Tennessee"

  • Music, maps, and photographs as primary sources for the homefront
  • Includes teaching suggestions, links, and brief historical background.

 

 

Jno. Bell

"Prelude to the Civil War in Tennessee"

  • Overview of the geography, economy, society, laws, and politics of Tennessee in the years leading up to the Civil War
  • Note: This accompanies a Webcast on the same topic. See below in Content Resources.

 


 

Content resources

Unidentified Soldiers from Tennessee

"Soldiers' Lives During the Civil War"

  • 4-page introductory essay on the lives of both Union and Conferderate soldiers during the Civil War, with images, links, and bibliography

 

 

Woman in Battle

"Women and the Civil War"

  • 5-page introductory essay on the different roles that women played during the Civil War and how the war impacted their lives, with images, links, and bibliography

 

sharpshooters last sleep

"A 'Terrible Reality': Alexander Gardner's Photographs of the Dead"

  • 6-page introductory essay on Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner's use of pictures to convey the real human cost of the war, with images, links, and bibliography

 

Jeff Davis scouting expedition

"Divided Tennessee: The Coming of the Civil War"

  • 4-page introductory essay on the political and social divisions among Tennesseans regarding secession, with images, links, and bibliography

 

 

In our own dear homesa again

"The Home Front During the Civil War"

  • 5-page introductory essay on the experience of civilians on the home front, with images, links, and bibliography

 

 

African American soldier with wife and two daughters

"Emancipation During and After the Civil War"

  • 4-page introductory essay on emancipation, with images, links, and bibliography

 

 

Watch meeting, Dec. 31, 1862 - Waiting for the hour

"Hope Within a Wilderness of Suffering: The Transition from Slavery to Freedom During the Civil War and Reconstruction in Tennessee"

  • 13-page essay on the impact of emancipation in Tennessee
  • Courtesy of the NEH-funded Tennessee 4 Me Web site produced by the Tennessee State Museum

 

Jno. Bell

"Prelude to the Civil War in Tennessee"

  • 1-hour Webcast including lecture, PowerPoint, primary source images, and discussion on the situation leading up to war in Tennessee
  • Click on the link above and sign in to receive professional development credit.
  • See related Primary Source Set above.

 

Battle of Chattanooga 1863

"Civil War in Tennessee"

  • Overview of the war in Tennessee from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

 

 


Tools

Fire Away Galop

Civil War Links – newly updated

  • Top Ten: 1-page listing of ten of the most popular and useful Civil War-related links for educators
  • Comprehensive version: 5-page listing of educator resources, primary source collections, online exhibitions, and other resources on the Library of Congress Web site related to the Civil War

 

Lincoln letter Aug 1863

Celebrating Abraham Lincoln Online

  • This PDF provides important links and search terms for researching Abraham Lincoln using Library of Congress primary source collections and exhibitions, teacher materials, and search term ideas.

 


Other Civil War resources


Gallery of Tennessee Civil War Images

Last updated on: 09/19/13 11:29 am