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Topic 35:  Civil War Question set (thirty questions)


The Civil War (America's First Modern War)

Photo of Bloody Lane Battlefield, Antietam, from the CWPT website

Use the CWPT Civil War On-Line Glossary.  Click Here

Create a timeline of Civil War Events and Battles
Use Timeliner to construct your timeline, or
it could be presented as a Power Point Presentation or as a webpage.    You may also insert pictures within your timeline.  Make it colorful and interesting.  Do not copy any other timeline, but you may use their information as a source for yours.  Do not get too wordy with your timeline. It is not a report or essay--but a timeline.  Have fun

Look over these on-line Civil War Timelines. 


For these questions you will use the "House Divided" website to find the answers.

1.  Why does this website describe the Civil War as the first modern war?  Click Here

2.  Why does the 600,000 deaths accrued in the Civil War, compare to 5,000,000 now-days in 2007?  Click Here

3.  What is the industrial revolution, and how did that influence this war within a large country?  Click Here

4.  How did Lincoln finally start winning battles?   Click Here for one good reason

5.  Why were railroads so important in the war?  List three major railroad junctions for both Union and South sides. 

6.  What means of communication helped commanders control his troops better (than in past wars)?  How do you think this new communication was used by the President?   Click Here

7.  Trenches were used in the Great Battles, and helped to increase deaths, along with new weaponry.  Why were trenches so important?  Click Here

8.  What is an ironclad, and how did they change naval war?  Click Here

8 & 9.  Describe the new army "rifle" that could shoot much farther, and more accurately.  How many soldiers died at Gettysburg because of the new rifles? Click Here for a rifle description.  Click Here for the number of dead inflicted because of the rifle and the trenches.

10.  Another important weapon was the cannon.  What was a Howitzer?  Go Here

11.  How many soldiers died in the Civil War?  How does that compare to World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and present-day middle east conflicts?  Go to this special link to find out numbers.

12.  The great battles of the Civil War were led by cavalry soldiers and infantry soldiers carrying Old Glory.  How many stars did the Early Civil War flag have?  How about later in the War?  Click Here to hear about the Union Stars and Stripes.

13.  What was the Confederate flag called?  Draw a picture of both the Union flag and the Confederate flag, color and label both.  Click Here

14.  Who is thought to have designed the Confederate flag?  Click Here

15.  How many volunteers did the President call up in April of 1861? Click Here  Make up your own broadside poster for a current or past war.  Click Here

16. & 17.  Why were the drums decorated so fancily? The 9th Vermont Regiment (that had the fancy drum) was involved in many great battles, and was also in on the take-over of what southern confederate city? Click Here

18.  Describe the Union issued Army uniform.  Go Here

19.  The Confederate ladies made a beautiful flower-flag of their new country.  How many stars did it have on it?  Click Here

20.  What are the names of  popular patriotic songs during the Civil War?  Click Here

21.  Why did U.S. Grant think the "art of war" was not enough to win?  What did he think was necessary to win a battle?  Go Here

22.  General Johnston of the Confederacy was highly respected by both sides?  What U.S. wars did he fight in?  How did he get killed?  Go Here, and then finish with the next page Here.

23.  What great southern city was captured on the Mississippi by Admiral Farragut?  Go Here

24.  In 1862, General McClellan and General Robert E. Lee met at Antietam (Sharpsburg) for what is called the bloodiest day in American History.  How many died, and what did McClellan fail to do, that would have made this Union victory perhaps the last battle of the war?  Go Here  and finish up with more pictures and information Here, and Here.

25.  General Robert E. Lee would invade the United States at Gettysburg in June of 1863.  Who won this great battle?  How many men were lost? Why did Lincoln go to Gettysburg to give a speech?  Go Here, Here, and Here, to find the answers.

26. After many battles, losses and wins by both Union and Confederate forces, all would come to an end at the Appomatix Courthouse.  What happened at the court house, and how did Generals Grant and Lee get along in their meeting there?  Go Here to get details, and Here to see the "gentlemen's agreement" document.

27.  Name the two Civil War prisons described in the House Divided site, and tell where each was located.  Click Here, and then click Here  webpage after the one listed.

28.  How many combined forces would end up in the prisons and suffer greatly?

29.  How many Confederate prisoners died at Camp Douglas, near Chicago?  Click Here

30.  The Civil War, being considered the first modern war, had a system of medical care and surgery set up that was very primitive.  Where and how were the field hospitals set up, and what was the most common surgery performed?  Click Here


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