Civil War Lessons

Civil War Lessons for Middle & High School

A Call to Arms–5th-11th grade

  • Available October 2016- June 2017
  • 45-60 minute program
  • Introductory PowerPoint about Lincoln’s Call to Arms and Lindley Miller’s (1834-1864) actions during the Civil War. This includes an examination of Thomas Nast’s painting “The Departure of the Seventh Regiment to the War”.
  • Students use primary source “Witness to History” cards to discover differing viewpoints (Northerners, Southerners, and residents of Washington, D.C.) in the dawning days of the Civil War
  • Students receive a complimentary ticket to visit Macculloch Hall.

Meets the following New Jersey Student Learning Standards:  RI.5.3; RI.5.6; SL.5.1: SL.5.4; RH.6-8.2; RH.9-10.2; RH.6-8.7; RH.9-10.9; SL.6.1; SL.6.4; 6.1.8.B.5a; 6.1.8.D.5a 

Capturing the Slave Ship Erie–5th-11th  grade

  • Available October 2016-June 2017
  • 45-60 minute program
  • Introductory PowerPoint about the United States’ African Squadron and the patrol of the west coast of Africa.
  • Learn about the events of August 8, 1860 when Henry Miller on board S.S. Mohican assisted in freeing nearly 900 would-be slaves in route to America.
  • Examine primary sources to learn about the trial of the Erie’s Captain Nathaniel Gordon.
  • Students receive a complimentary ticket to visit Macculloch Hall.

Meets the following New Jersey Student Learning Standards:  RI.5.3; RI.5.6; SL.5.1: SL.5.4; RH.6-8.2; RH.9-10.2; RH.6-8.7; RH.9-10.9; SL.6.1; SL.6.4;  6.1.12.A.4.a; 6.1.12.C.4.a

The Blockade Begins–5th-11th grade

  • Available October 2016-June 2017
  • 45-60 minute program
  • Introductory PowerPoint covering the Anaconda Plan and the steps taken to begin the blockade of Southern ports.
  • Learn about Henry Miller (1836-1904) and his role in the Battle of Port Royal in November 1861.
  • Students discuss the balance between the military’s safety and the newspapers’ job of reporting the news. In October and November 1861, as ships were gathered before the battle, there was an emphasis was on secrecy.
  • Students receive a complimentary ticket to visit Macculloch Hall.

Meets the following New Jersey Student Learning Standards:  RI.5.3; RI.5.6; SL.5.1: SL.5.4; RH.6-8.2; RH.9-10.2; RH.6-8.7; RH.9-10.9; SL.6.1; SL.6.4;  6.1.8.B.5.a; 6.1.8.D.5.b; 6.1.12.B.4.1; 6.1.12.C.4.a