The numbers are astonishing. Of
three million men fighting, more than 620,000 killed and
hundreds of thousands more wounded or missing in a devastating
and remarkably bloody four-and-a-half-year war. The Civil
War, in one way or another, touched the lives of every
American but its tremendous impact on domestic life is
Battles drew participants from all of the then-existing
states. Men, women, and children on the homefront were
challenged to assume new economic and social roles and
to provide support for those directly engaged in the war.
Above all, the war defined the character of Americans
during the period, many of whom exhibited extraordinary
creativity and courage.
This section identifies online documents, records, and
articles as well as books useful in studying the U. S.
Civil War in one’s own community. Whenever possible,
research is linked to historic people and events or to
student’s background and experiences. The lesson
plan and activities are easily adaptable for student’s
from states with seemingly little Civil War history--
however, once students begin to research their hometown,
what they find may surprise them!