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FROM-- SET FOUR, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

Great Civil War Battles:  A Ranking by Significance

Civil War Battles Introduction Battle Data Search Civil Data (Total)

Click Here for a Great Battles' Map and Data

In this Civil War activity, you will study the location of, significance, and details of great battles. 

Click Here for the Casualties Data Page for Answers

The battles to be considered are these.  Using the Casualties Data, Rate each Battle with its' rating level number.  Also record the number of casualties.

 

BATTLE NUMBER KILLED IN BATTLE NUMBER WOUNDED NUMBER  CAPTURED

Gettysburg
Chickamauga
Spotsylvania
The Wilderness
Chancellorsville
Shiloh
Stones River
Antietam
Second Manassas
Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg

First Battle of Bull Run

First Battle of Chattanooga

Forts Henry & Donelson

Fredericksburg

Battle of Mobile Bay

Battle of Hampton Roads

Battle of Shiloh

Battle of Seven Days Battle

Battle of Cold Harbor

Second Bull Run (Manassas)

Battle of Atlanta

Sherman's March to the Sea

Battle of Siege of Petersburg

Battle of Memphis

Battle of Pea Ridge

 

     

DIRECTIONS FOR DOING THIS BATTLE STUDY:

1.  The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate the wide-spread nature of the Civil War, find out about its leaders, the importance for each opposing side, and the number of casualties.  Another purpose of this activity is to find out which battlefields have been preserved, and why this is important.

2.  Use an Internet Resource (from the NPS Battlefields by state data) to find the answers about each battle.

3.  For each battle, complete a table of data.  Use the sources listed in the resources below.

4.  The data table includes:  Battle Name; Dates; Casualties (deaths) on both sides; Southern Leader; Northern Leader; Location; Results & Significance.

5.  Find Civil War National Battlefield and cemeteries using Internet resources, and/or book resources, and list them, with any special descriptive details.

6.  Write a one-page essay why you think that Civil War Battlefields should be preserved. 


**7. For further thought-- Read the article "War by the numbers- By Harold Holzer," concerning the traditional death toll Civil War death count of 620,000.  Write an essay describing how Battles-caused casualty data was figured by Dr. J. David Hacker. What was his total of battlefield casualties?


RESOURCES

A Google Search for Civil War Battles will find other resources, as well

Battles.org     History.net    &    PBS American Experience

Son of the South:  Civil War Battles  &  National Park Service

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