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Great sea battles of the Civil War include ocean-going and inland river
The Gulf ports was the scene of many battles. Choose a Navy battle from
each area including ocean, inland-river, and Gulf and compile
information on each. Include date, geographical location, ships
involved, naval commanders, details of how the battle went, and which
side won. You can make a computer presentation or poster to present
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Section One: The U.S. and Confederate Navies had great commanders.
Choose three of these commanders to compile biographical information
(life story, Navy career details, rank), battles they were involved in,
and anything special that is discovered in your research. You can make
a computer presentation or poster to present your findings.
Go to the "Civil War Hall of Fame" for both
Section Two: Civil War sailors (and officers) were heroic,
and often gave their life in battle, sickness or accidents. During the
testing of new ironclad technology, submarines and weapons, many lost
their life. Read about the testing of "two" new technologies and
describe the dangers and doom of volunteering to be the test crews.
Choose ironclad ships and submarines as your two new technologies. You
can make a computer presentation or poster to present your findings.
Write an essay comparing these testing-sailors to the test-pilots of
aircraft of our own modern age.
Read "The Invincible Ironclad" for a
description of the ironclad and crew environment.
story will also provide like in the Confederate Navy, river detail.
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Civil War soldiers and sailors left diaries and journals
for their families, or anyone that would read them. The U.S. Navy was
fairly well integrated. Black sailors were part of the crew equal to
whites. Robert Gould has left us an important diary of a black man in
the Civil War Navy. Read from this diary and write an essay telling of
events in Gould's life that demonstrated life on a Civil War military
ship. Read from
Robert Gould's Diary from the Stanford
Read from the sections on his early life, life in the Navy, and life
after the war. There is also a section with images. Gather facts from
each section to include in a computer presentation or poster.
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To learn of the mind-thought of Civil War sailors and officers,
you will read about their special patriotism to the flag, how many
southerners on-duty overseas on American ships chose to remain with
their flag and fight for the Union. Many sailors and officers got the
Medal of Honor. Read from the sites and write a series of essays on
these subjects: What is required to win the Medal of Honor; Why a
southern-born sailor would stay with the Union flag at the start of the
war; what southern citizens thought of the crews of the river ironclads,
and why did the sailors work in the terrible environments of the
ironclads and submarines (smoke, noise, heat, lack of air, and imminent
Read the information about the Monitor and
Read the article about Civil War Navy life for
Check the U.S. Navy Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog Site for a Series of
You can record your answers in a Navy Form each
part of the activity.
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