American Civil War 101
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One of the most divisive and important events in American history, the Civil War (also called the War Between the States) pitted countrymen against countrymen in the new and developing republic of the United States of America. Among the many issues at stake were the role of central government, state's rights, slavery, and the fate of the
Grim, brutal, and utterly personal, the Civil War claimed more American lives than any other war fought before or since the founding of the
This course attempts to briefly summarize and present the major events and battles related to the War Between the States in chronological order. In addition, this course will set forth the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War, sustained the conflict, and continue to linger on to this day in the hearts and minds of most Americans. Finally, a list of the major figures related to the Civil War will be presented to highlight each notable person's contributions to the struggle itself and to the overall development of our nation.
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Lesson 1. Civil War Terminology and Course StructureThis introductory lesson will equip students with tools that will make learning about the Civil War more effective. We will go over topics such as civil war terminology, technology, battle names, strategies, and outcomes.
Lesson 2. Setting The Stage: America's Path to Civil WarIn this lesson we will go over the actual causes of the Civil War such as the controversies surrounding Federalism and states rights, debates over expansionism, effects of modernization, the status of the economy, and the feelings of sectionalism.
Lesson 3. The War BeginsThe war begins and both side finalize their divisions by appointing a president, forming an army, and fighting the first battle.
Lesson 4. The War Goes WestEarly battle successes for the Confederacy as the initial battles in 1861 over control of the state of Missouri. Battle of Wilson' Creek, Battle of Hemp Bale, Battle of Ball's Bluff and many other battles that took place during this first year.
Lesson 5. Escalation of Battles, 1862The strategies that required control of the border states continues into 1862. This lesson will review the major and bloody battles of this year, such as the capture of Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelsone, Battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), Shiloh, and others.
Lesson 6. Battles of 1862, ContinuedThe Battles continue into 1862 and the remarkable strategies of Confederate General Robert E. Lee shape the outcomes of many bloody battles. Battles of Bull Run (Manassas), Battle of Harpers Ferry, Battle of Antietam ( Sharpsburg), Fredericksburg, and oth
Lesson 7. The Decisive Battles of 1863-64, Battle of ChancellorsvilleThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Chancellorsville will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 8. The Decisive Battles of 1863-64, Battle of GettysburgThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive were Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Gettysburg will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 9. The Decisive Battles of 1863-64, Battle of VicksburgThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Vicksburg will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 10. The End of the WarThe War between the States comes to a close in 1865 with the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. This lesson will also describe the solemn surrender of General Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant, the abrupt assassination of President Lincoln.
Lesson 11. Notable Figures of the American Civil WarNotable people in the Union and the Confederacy.
Lesson 12. Summary of the Civil WarA count of war casualties, additional resources, and a final review exam.
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- Summarize the major events and battles related to the American Civil War.
- Identify the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War.
- Describe the major issues that still exist today as a result of the Civil War.
- Identify and describe the major figures of the Civil War, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|The Telegraph and the Civil War||Assignment||40|
|Causes of the Civil War||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 3 Exam||Exam||10|
|Battles of 1861||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4 Exam||Exam||10|
|Battles of 1862||Assignment||25|
|The Emancipation Proclamation||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5 Exam||Exam||10|
|Battle of Chancellorsville||Assignment||25|
|Battle of Gettysburg||Assignment||25|
|Aftermath of Battle||Assignment||20|
|Was the Battle of Gettysburg the most important battle in American History?||Assignment||20|
|Battle of Vicksburg||Assignment||25|
|Was Vicksburg the Key?||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 6 Exam||Exam||9|
|What if America's Civil War was also fought over religion?||Assignment||20|
|People in the American Civil War||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7 Exam||Exam||10|
|Technology in the Civil War||Assignment||20|
|The Final Exam||Exam||28|
- "I liked how the instructor always was on the ball getting to the grades and passing me on to the next lesson in a timely manner." -- Velada M.
- "The entire course was both interesting and informative. I now have a better understanding of the battles and the participants in the battles of the Civil War. However it is a very sad chapter in the history of our nation and so utterly unnecessary. The deaths of the soldiers was just overwhelming to me....The instructor has compiled a very informative condensation of the Civil War. He is very propmpt in grading the assignments and the tests. This has been an enlightening experience for me and I am sorry to have the course end. I am hoping that [you] will offer more courses in US history. I would now like to continue on with the reconstruction of the South following the war." -- Sara H.