Ch 33: Overview of the United States Civil War

About This Chapter

This teacher resource chapter contains history lesson supplements about important Civil War concepts. You can use these lessons to enhance your Civil War curriculum and improve your students' comprehension of the war's historical timeline.

Overview of the United States Civil War - Chapter Summary

Use any computer or mobile device to access this Civil War teacher resource chapter. If you're a teacher who wants to supplement your Civil War instruction, you can easily share these fun video lessons with your class. Each lesson comes with a short quiz you can use to assess your students' understanding of important historical terms, figures and concepts. Some of the Civil War topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Significant Civil War battles
  • The beginning, middle and end of the war
  • Lincoln's assassination
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

How It Helps

  • Supplemental instruction: These Civil War instructional tools can used as class discussion starters, test preparation resources or homework assignments.
  • Student engagement: These expertly taught Civil War lessons are designed to be fun, entertaining and informative.
  • Convenient access: Allows you to access Civil War resources on any device that has an Internet connection to make instruction planning easy and convenient.

Skills Covered

Use this chapter's resources to teach your students about:

  • Northern and Southern advantages from the beginning of the Civil War
  • The First Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Antietam
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Turning points during the Civil War
  • The effect of the Civil War on American society, politics, government and economy
  • Sherman's March to the Sea
  • The assassination of President Lincoln
  • General Lee's surrender
  • The historical timeline of the Civil War's conclusion

10 Lessons in Chapter 33: Overview of the United States Civil War
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Comparing Union & Confederate Civil War Strategies

1. Comparing Union & Confederate Civil War Strategies

Learn about the different strategies that the Union and the Confederacy used during the American Civil War, and how those strategies reflected their political goals.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Summary, Significance & Facts

2. The First Battle of Bull Run: Summary, Significance & Facts

The First Battle of Bull Run (also known as the First Manassas) was fought on July 21, 1861. It was the first major battle of the Civil War and resulted in a Confederate victory.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

3. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.

Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

4. Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

The Battle of Shiloh was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862, and resulted in a Union victory. With more than 23,000 casualties, Shiloh was the first battle of the Civil War that saw large-scale death and suffering.

What Is the Battle of Antietam? - Facts, Summary & Significance

5. What Is the Battle of Antietam? - Facts, Summary & Significance

Over 23,000 men fell as casualties in the one-day Battle of Antietam, making it the bloodiest day in American history. The Union victory at Antietam resulted in President Abraham Lincoln issuing his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.

Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

6. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.

The American Civil War's Impact on the Economy, Society, Politics & Government

7. The American Civil War's Impact on the Economy, Society, Politics & Government

By studying this lesson on the Civil War era, you'll learn about the economic, political, and social changes that took place during this impactful period in American history.

Battle of Gettysburg: Summary & Outcome

8. Battle of Gettysburg: Summary & Outcome

In this lesson, we will study the famous 3-day battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We will briefly examine the battle's beginnings, each of its three days, and its aftermath.

Sherman's March to the Sea

9. Sherman's March to the Sea

In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his Atlanta campaign. His success assured Lincoln's re-election in 1864. Sherman then began his destructive March to the Sea in order to capture Savannah.

The End of the Civil War: Summary & Timeline

10. The End of the Civil War: Summary & Timeline

Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War did not end when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. It actually continued for over two months. In this lesson, we will examine the final days of the Civil War.

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