2011 Historical Unit - Soldier's in the Civil War
In this lesson, you will read and analyze letters written during the Civil War era. These letters are from both Northerners and Southerners as well as men and women and white and black people. After examining your group's assigned letters, you will choose a theme of letters and develop a pyramid book and write your own letter.
You are a historian who has come across some letters written during the Civil War. Examine these letters by filling out the Civil War Letters Analysis Worksheet. At the end of your investigation, you will write your own letter to someone today from the Civil War era and create a pyramid book.
1. Download the Civil War Analysis Sheet
2. Choose a letter to read from the websites listed below.
3. Type your responses on the Civil War Analysis Sheet
4. Email the analysis sheet and a copy of the letter to Ashley.Carafiello@wswsu.org
5. Choose another letter and repeat steps 1-4.
The UVM Link listed below will provide you access to various letters. You are able to browse by Creator, Recipient, Place, and Topic. You can choose multiple items. I would recommend looking at the hand-writing, and then reading through the transcript. Some of the cursive is hard to understand.
UVM Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives
Timeline of the Civil War - Library of Congress
Civil War Archive - Letters / Great website!
Letters from Newton Scott - From Iowa
Love Letters from the Civil War - Confederate and Union
The Valley of the Shadow - various letters
Letters About the Civil War --- Really awesome and easy to read letters (Confederate)
Civil War Letters From the Christie Family - Brothers From Minnesota
So Many Letters (Awesome link) - University of Washington