Effects of the War – 1865 & Beyond: Traditional High School Lesson Plan: Students will be able to compare the United States before the war to the United States after the war.


The Days of Julia Johnson Fisher: A Civil War Diary
Julia Johnson Fisher kept her diary over an eight-month period in 1864. This brief account of a tumultuous time chronicles the life of Julia and her family in Camden County along the south Georgia coast. Much of the diary is foreboding and at about 9,000 words, Julia does not dwell on any subject long. But, the diary is rich in its descriptive detail of the deprivations brought on in the South by the Civil War, and in its descriptions of family and community relationships and social order. This website has been created to offer multiple means by which to explore Julia’s diary as well as instruction contexts for teaching and learning about social life in the Civil War American South.

The Essential Civil War Curriculum is a Sesquicentennial project Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. It is sponsored by two eminent Civil War scholars and authors, Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson and Professor William C. (Jack) Davis both Professors at Virginia Tech. The Essential Civil War Curriculum is a sesquicentennial project of the Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.


The Home Front: Traditional Elementary Civil War Lesson Plan: Students will be able to list examples of work done on the home front and describe how news traveled to the home front.


This activity helps students understand how the Union’s “March to the Sea” was one of the more controversial aspects of the later phases of the Civil War. Sent by Ulysses S. Grant to “create havoc and destruction of all resources that would be beneficial to the enemy,” Sherman began his “Atlanta Campaign” in May 1864.


With an eye on the calendar and the ten-month march of a school year, here are you ten successful classroom strategies that have been utilized in teaching the American Civil War. By James A. Percoco Civil War Trust