A . . .
Great sea battles of the Civil War include ocean-going and
inland river based.
The Gulf ports was the scene of many battles. Choose a Navy
battle from each area including ocean, inland-river, and
Gulf and compile information on each. Include date,
geographical location, ships involved, naval commanders,
details of how the battle went, and which side won. You can
make a computer presentation or poster to present your
Go to Civil War Naval Battles List to see all in
B . . .
Section One: The U.S. and Confederate Navies had great
Choose three of these commanders to compile biographical
information (life story, Navy career details, rank), battles
they were involved in, and anything special that is
discovered in your research. You can make a computer
presentation or poster to present your findings.
Go to the "Civil War Hall of Fame"
for both sides.
Section Two: Civil War sailors (and officers) were heroic,
and often gave their life in battle, sickness or accidents.
During the testing of new ironclad technology, submarines
and weapons, many lost their life. Read about the testing
of "two" new technologies and describe the dangers and doom
of volunteering to be the test crews. Choose ironclad ships
and submarines as your two new technologies. You can make a
computer presentation or poster to present your findings.
Write an essay comparing these testing-sailors to the
test-pilots of aircraft of our own modern age.
Read "The Invincible Ironclad" for
a description of the ironclad and crew environment.
story will also provide like in the Confederate Navy, river
C . . .
Civil War soldiers and sailors left diaries and journals
for their families, or anyone that would read them. The
U.S. Navy was fairly well integrated. Black sailors were
part of the crew equal to whites. Robert Gould has left us
an important diary of a black man in the Civil War Navy.
Read from this diary and write an essay telling of events in
Gould's life that demonstrated life on a Civil War military
ship. Read from
Robert Gould's Diary from the
Read from the sections on his early life, life in the Navy,
and life after the war. There is also a section with
images. Gather facts from each section to include in a
computer presentation or poster.
Robert Gould was a Contraband Slave in the U.S. Navy. Read
about Contraband Slaves.
For more information go to Civil War Contraband Activity
D . . .
To learn of the mind-thought of Civil War sailors and
you will read about their special patriotism to the flag,
how many southerners on-duty overseas on American ships
chose to remain with their flag and fight for the Union.
Many sailors and officers got the Medal of Honor. Read from
the sites and write a series of essays on these subjects:
What is required to win the Medal of Honor; Why a
southern-born sailor would stay with the Union flag at the
start of the war; what southern citizens thought of the
crews of the river ironclads, and why did the sailors work
in the terrible environments of the ironclads and submarines
(smoke, noise, heat, lack of air, and imminent death.
Read the information about the
Monitor and Merrimack;
Read the article about Civil War
Navy life for more information.
Check the U.S. Navy Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog Site for a Series of
You can record your answers in a Navy Form each
part of the activity.
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