Civil War Resources

The Storming of Ft. Wagner-lithograph by Kurz and Allison 1890This past Monday actor Robert Duvall sent news agencies buzzing when he said “he will help preservationists in ‘chasing out’ [Wal-mart] from a site near the Wilderness Battlefield” where they are planning on building a 138,000 square-foot supercenter (a fight that began last year).

Preserving Civil War history is an important, and sometimes contentious topic. In this post we bring you a host of Civil War related resources online, for use in the classroom, in research, or in one’s free time.

Perspectives on History
The AHA’s newsmagazine, Perspectives on History, has featured a number of articles on the Civil War over the years. Here we share a few:

Civil War PodcastsAHA Today
Here on the blog we’re always looking to bring you interesting resources (as hopefully this post shows), so we’ve touched on some Civil War related resources in the past:

Civil War Preservation Trust
For those interested in the latest in Civil War preservation news, see the Civil War Preservation Trust’s web site. Their annual list of Most Endangered Battlefields is now up for 2009. They also offer lesson plans and resources for the classroom.

Teaching with Historic PlacesWeb sites
There are many high quality Civil War sites online, and we encourage you to share some in the comments of this post. Here are just a few worth checking out:

Lesson Plans, photographs, and maps
And finally, self explanatory links to lesson plans, photographs, and maps:

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  1. Jacquez Campbell

    The Civil War is one of the most—if not the most—important event in the history of the United States. A few things in American history changed this country like the Civil War. It can even be said that everything in American history leading up to 1860 was a cause of the Civil War, and everything that has happened since was caused by the Civil War. Every part of American society was fundamentally changed, from the role of the federal government to the art, music and culture of a nation. Over 600,000 Americans died in the conflict and all of them died on American soil. Brothers fought brothers; fathers shot sons. An exceptional site on the ( Civil War and US history is Shmoop. Those interested should definitely check it out.