Letters from Civil War Soldiers


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Which of the following did letters from Civil War soldiers help reveal?

I. Military strategy

II. Personal feelings about the war

III. The desire to receive letters

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What does the following excerpt from a Civil War soldier reveal about this time in history?

It has been a long time since I had an opportunity of writing to you, and I gladly avail myself of the present opportunity. I am not certain that I will have a chance of sending this but I will write a few lines any how and try and get it off to let you know that I am among the living.


What does this excerpt from a Civil War letter reveal?

'The truth is, when bullets are whacking against tree trunks and solid shot are cracking skulls like eggshells, the consuming passion in the breast of the average man is to get out of the way.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the letters from Civil War soldiers and what they reveal about this time period in the U.S. Quiz topics include what kind of information these letters contained and several excerpts from letters for you to interpret.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about these key points:

  • A letter from a Civil War soldier about the feeling of being shot at
  • Letter from a soldier with spelling mistakes
  • Pleasure as one of the subjects in an excerpt from a letter

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the letters from Civil War soldiers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a letter that talks about the eyes and cheeks of the person a Civil War soldier is writing to
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what was revealed from these letters and what a letter with spelling problems shows about some of the soldiers

Additional Learning

The lesson we've called Letters from Civil War Soldiers will teach you more about these important topics:

  • The importance of analyzing the letters from Civil War soldiers
  • Human aspects of these letters during a time of heavy fighting
  • Various examples of these letters
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