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Famous Battles of the
Civil War
By: Max Ziebell
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Teacher Page
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Objectives
• Given this lesson, students will be able to
identify the state in which battles were fought
with 70% accuracy.
• Given this lesson, students will be able to
identify which side won each of the battles
covered with 80% accuracy.
• Given this lesson, students will be able to date
each battle covered (month and year0 with
70% accuracy.
Battles
• Target Audience
7th-8th grade Social Studies students
• Environment
-Individual work or in pairs at most
-Computer lab with sufficient computers
Battles
This link will take you to a YouTube video that
introduces this lesson.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahs92F-sZsU&feature=youtu.be
Battles
Gettysburg
Chancellorsville
Shiloh
Sherman’s
March
Antietam
Bull Run
Click on the battle you want to learn
more about and make sure you visit
each one. It is recommended you go in
order.
Quiz
The Battle of Gettysburg
• Occurred in July, 1863
• Fought in Pennsylvania
• The Union won this
battle
Battles
Generals of Gettysburg
General Meade
Union
Confederate
General Lee
Battles
The Battle of Gettysburg
• Gettysburg was the
largest battle of the
war.
– Union casualties:
23,055
– Confederate casualties:
23,231
• Viewed by experts as
the turning point of
the war.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
Click in the state in which the Battle of
Gettysburg took place.
Tennessee
Maryland
Gettysburg
Pennsylvania
Sorry, the Battle of Gettysburg did not take place in
Tennessee.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Gettysburg
Sorry, the Battle of Gettysburg did not take place in
Maryland.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Gettysburg
Correct!
The battle of Gettysburg did take place in
Pennsylvania.
Move
On!
Battles
The Battle of Shiloh
• Took place in
February, 1862
• Fought in Tennessee
• Won by the Union
Battles
Generals of Shiloh
General Grant
Union
Confederate
General Johnston
Battles
The Battle of Shiloh
• The Union won even
though they lost
more soldiers than
the Confederates.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
Who won the battle of Shiloh?
The Union
The
Confederates
Shiloh
Sorry, the Confederates did not win the Battle of
Shiloh.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Shiloh
Correct!
The Union won the Battle of Shiloh.
Move
On!
Battles
The Battle of Antietam
This link will take you to a short video that
shows what the battlefield of Antietam looks
like today:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_jKx_lC9ok&feature=relmfu
The Battle of Antietam
• September 17, 1862
• Maryland
• This battle ended in a
draw.
Battles
Generals of Antietam
General Grant
Union
Confederate
General Lee
Battles
The Battle of Antietam
• Confederate battle
plans were lost and
recovered by a Union
soldier. This
prompted the Union
to attack, led by
General Grant.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
In what year was the Battle of Antietam fought?
1861
1862
1863
Antietam
Sorry, the Battle of Antietam was not fought in
1861.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Antietam
Sorry, the Battle of Antietam was not fought in
1863.
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Again!
Sample Quiz
Antietam
Correct!
The Battle of Antietam was fought in
1862.
Move
On!
Battles
The Battle of Chancellorsville
• April 30 – May 6,
1863
• Fought in Virginia
• Confederates won
this battle
Battles
Generals of Chancellorsville
General Hooker
Union
Confederate
General Jackson/General Lee
Battles
The Battle of Chancellorsville
• General Jackson was
accidentally shot by
one of his own men
after being mistaken
for a Union soldier.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
Which side won the Battle of Chancellorsville?
The Union
The
Confederates
Chancellorsville
Sorry, the Union did not win the Battle of
Chancellorsville.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Chancellorsville
Correct!
Confederate troops won the Battle of
Chancellorsville.
Move
On!
Battles
Sherman’s March to the Sea
This link will take you to a video that
demonstrates the brutality of Sherman’s
March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBzkGBF7gM
Sherman’s March to the Sea
• Took place in
December, 1864
• Fought in Georgia
• Union troops
marched through
Georgia, capturing
the Port of Savannah
at the end of their
small campaign.
Battles
Generals of Sherman’s March
General Sherman
Union
Confederate
General Hood
Battles
Sherman’s March to the Sea
• Sherman’s army
executed his
“scorched earth
policy.” They
destroyed and
burned everything in
their path on their
way to Savannah.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
In which state did Sherman’s March to the Sea
occur?
Kentucky
Virginia
Georgia
Sherman’s
March
Sorry, Sherman’s March did not take place in
Kentucky.
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Again!
Sample Quiz
Sherman’s
March
Sorry, Sherman’s March did not take place in
Virginia.
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Again!
Sample Quiz
Sherman’s
March
Correct!
Sherman’s March did take place in Georgia.
Move
On!
Battles
The First Battle of Bull Run
• July 21, 1861
• Fought in
Washington, D.C.
• Confederate forces
defeated the Union.
Battles
Generals of Bull Run
General McDowell
Union
Confederate
General Johnston
Battles
The First Battle of Bull Run
• This was the first
large battle of the
Civil War.
• The Union attempted
to capture a vital
railroad in Manassas,
Virginia, but was
stopped by
Confederates.
Battles
Practice Quiz Question
Who won the First Battle of Bull Run?
The Union
The
Confederates
Bull Run
Sorry, the Union did not win Bull Run.
Try
Again!
Sample Quiz
Bull Run
Correct!
The Confederates did win the Battle of Bull Run.
Move
On!
Battles
Quiz
To pass this 10 question quiz, you should be able
to answer at least 7 of the questions correctly.
Begin Quiz
Battles
Question 1
In which state was the Battle of Shiloh fought?
Tennessee
Virginia
Georgia
Sorry, the Battle of Shiloh was not fought in
Virginia.
Try
Again!
Sorry, the Battle of Shiloh was not fought in
Georgia.
Try
Again!
Correct!
The Battle of Shiloh was fought in Tennessee.
Move
On!
Question 2
Which battle is viewed as the turning point of
the war?
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Bull Run
Sorry, Chancellorsville is not viewed as the
turning point of the war, but it was a very
important battle.
Try
Again!
Sorry, the Battle of Bull Run was not viewed as
the turning point of the war, but it was a very
important battle.
Try
Again!
Correct!
Gettysburg is viewed as the turning point of the
war.
Move
On!
Question 3
Who won the Battle of Gettysburg?
Union
Confederates
Sorry, the Confederates did not win the Battle of
Gettysburg.
Try
Again!
Correct!
The Union won the Battle of Gettysburg.
Move
On!
Question 4
Choose the correct pair of opposing generals in
the Battle of Bull Run.
Johnston
Lee
Vs.
Vs.
McDowell
Meade
Sorry, Lee and Meade did not face off in the
Battle of Bull Run.
Try
Again!
Correct!
Jackson and McDowell did face off in the Battle
of Bull Run.
Move
On!
Question 5
True or False:
The name of Sherman’s policy during his March
to the Sea was the “burnt ground policy.”
True
False
Sorry, that was false.
Try
Again!
Correct!
That was false. Sherman’s policy was called the
“scorched earth policy.”
Move
On!
Question 6
In which state did Sherman’s March to the Sea
take place?
Virginia
Kentucky
Georgia
Sorry, Sherman’s March did not take place in
Virginia.
Try
Again!
Sorry, Sherman’s March did not take place in
Kentucky.
Try
Again!
Correct!
Sherman’s March did take place in Georgia.
Move
On!
Question 7
Which battle was the first large battle of the Civil
War?
Shiloh
Bull Run
Antietam
Sorry, Shiloh was not the first large battle of the
war.
Try
Again!
Sorry, Antietam was not the first large battle of
the war.
Try
Again!
Correct!
Bull Run was the first large battle of the Civil
War.
Move
On!
Question 8
True or False:
General Lee led troops for the Confederate
Army.
True
False
Sorry, that was true. General Lee did lead the
Confederates.
Try
Again!
Correct!
General Lee led Confederate troops.
Move
On!
Question 9
Which of these battles ended in a draw?
Antietam
Gettysburg
Chancellorsville
Sorry, Gettysburg did not end in a draw.
Try
Again!
Sorry, the Battle of Chancellorsville did not end
in a draw.
Try
Again!
Correct!
Antietam did end in a draw.
Move
On!
Question 10
During which battle was General Jackson
accidentally shot by friendly fire?
Sherman’s
March
Chancellorsville
Bull Run
Sorry, General Jackson was not shot during
Sherman’s March.
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Again!
Sorry, General Jackson was not shot during the
Battle of Bull Run.
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Again!
Correct!
General Jackson was a victim of friendly fire
during the battle of Chancellorsville.
Move
On!
Picture Reference Page
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b/e/ed/High_Water_Mark__Cemetery_Ridge,_Gettysburg_Battlefield.jpg/220pxHigh_Water_Mark__Cemetery_Ridge,_Gettysburg_Battlefield.jpg
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Text Reference Page
• http://biowww.clemson.edu/aged/dl/aged480
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• http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation
/civil-war-battles.htm
• http://americanhistory.about.com/od/civilwar
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