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The American Civil War Era - Chapter Summary
This chapter was developed to increase your students' knowledge of the American Civil War era. Subject matter includes major battles, Lee's surrender, and such lesson topics as:
- The Battle of Fort Sumter's importance
- Outcome and significance of the Battle of Antietam
- Summary of the Battle of Gettysburg
- The fight for control of the Mississippi River
- Legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation
- Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
Lessons are short videos, each lasting between 5 and 10 minutes. Each includes a video transcript and a timeline tool that makes it easy to find and replay any specific part of the lesson. Also included is a feature that allows submission of questions directly to our experts.
1. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War
South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.
2. The Battle of Antietam: Conflict, Outcome & Significance
The Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862. It was the bloodiest single day battle in American history, with over 23,000 casualties. The Union victory there led to the Emancipation Proclamation.
3. 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.
4. Control of the Mississippi: the Fall of Vicksburg and Capture of Port Hudson
In this lesson, we will hear the story of the fall of Vicksburg and the capture of Port Hudson. Vicksburg and Port Hudson were Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River, and as we shall see, the Union had a difficult time bringing them under federal control.
5. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.
6. General Robert E. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse: Terms & Conditions
In this lesson, we will explore the events leading up to Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, 1865.
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