The Civil War has often been called the first “modern” war. Technological advances in weaponry produced
causalities at an unimaginable level. But behind the battles and the bloodshed were real people living in the
midst of unspeakable horror. The purpose of this project is to gain some insight into the lives and thoughts
of soldiers, both Confederate and Yankee, women from opposing sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the
African American who had more to gain and lose in this war than anyone.
For this project you will be required to:
Choose ONE battle from the Civil
War that most interests you.
Choose whether you are a
Confederate Soldier, Union soldier, a woman that was a witness (or nurse),
or an African American soldier.
Write three journal entries from
If you choose a battle like
Gettysburg, you can do one journal entry from each day,
three in one day.
If you choose a battle like
Antietam, you will write all three entries from the same day
(or the very next day, i.e. Sept.
You will have to use the library
for this project. ALL MATERIALS
USED MUST BE PRINTED OUT
OR PHOTOCOPIED AND HIGHLIGHTED.
This will be explained in class.
Make your journal as creative as
possible; include battle maps, plans, pictures, etc.
Make a cover. Creativity is
THIS PROJECT IS WORTH A TEST
GRADE (200 POINTS)…really put effort into it.
Good Luck and have fun!!!!
WARNING: Searching the internet is a time consuming process. I have attempted to help you by providing
these links; however, if you find yourself aimlessly looking and reading sites – STOP and begin to write a
and Confederate soldier diaries and letters-
– Letters from an Iowa soldier
- The memoirs, diary, and life of Private
Jefferson Moses, Company G, 93rd Illinois
Compilation of letter, stories, diaries
from the soldiers, sailors, nurses, politicians, ministers, journalists and citizens during
he war of
– Letters from Confederate troops from Kentucky
- The Living Civil War - traces two
communities through the civil war
- The American Civil War Homepage
- Selected Civil War Photographs
Women in the Civil War
– This site has dairies of women from both the north and the south
– A Southern women’s account of Sherman’s March to the Sea
http://docsouth.unc.edu/andrews/andrews.html – The Wartime Journal of a Georgia girl
Civil War Women – Archive Collections
African American soldiers in the Civil
– African Americans four letters
– Letters from runaway slaves
http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/usct.htm - About troops that served
Follow along with the examples and guidelines provided in class.
Rubric (Possible Ten Point Scale)
Time 5 points – If your paper is late more than one day an additional
five points will be
for each day your project is late.
Journal Entries ( 1page each entry) 15 Points each – 3 x 15 = 45points
Spelling, Grammar – 15 points
– 15 Points (work should be presented in an authentic journal fashion)
page – 10 points
Cited – 10 points (to include photocopies of material)
100 points x 2 = 200points