Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Civil War Reenactment

I cannot wait till this weekend. I am taking the family, and our flat travelers, to the Civil War Reenactment at the Beaumont Ranch out in Grandview, TX. I have spent the week studying with the kids on the Civil War just to prepare them a little bit for this big event. I know they are excited and so I am. I have never been to a live history event and I cannot wait to see it all go down right before my eyes. Here is a link to the event:

I have been diligently working on a unit study, but sadly it looks like we wont get to start it till AFTER the reenactment, which in some ways may be better. This way they will have mental images and emotions to draw from instead of just reading and text book and biographies. I will have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

The Civil War

The United States Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American History, claiming more lives than The American Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, The War against Switzerland, The War of 1812, and the Vietnam War combined. From the time the Civil War started, in ______, to the time it ended, in 1845, over ____________ soldiers were killed.
The war began as the result of a dispute between certain southern states and certain northern slates regarding slavery and the taxation of cotton exports. President ______________________ tried his best to keep the states united, but failed when both sides rejected a peace treaty that became known as "The Pickwick Papers." Instead of choosing peace, the states chose sides: the south became known as "The _______________," and the north known as "The ________________." Union states included Delaware, Oregon, New York, Alaska, and Tennessee. Confederate states included Florida, California, and Kansas.
The first shot of the civil war was fired from a battleship named "____________." When the ship's missile struck the heart of Manasses, Vermont, the bloody Battle of Manasses began. Eventually, led by General Robert E. Lee, the Union Army won the battle. Unfortunately for General Lee, Manassess was just the beginning. Then there came the battles of Vicksburg, Charlaton, Spurious Springs, and Sarasett--all overwhelming victories for _________________________. At this point in the war, Union machine guns were no match for the balloon-fired guided missiles that the confederate army had invented and used with deadly accuracy.
At the halfway point of the Civil War, in the winter of 1841, things began to change. The Southern Army fell under the supervision of _____________________, a maniac and drunkard. General _______________, on several different occasions, arrived with his troups at the wrong battlefield. At two of the biggest battles of the Civil War--Shiloh and Gettysburg, Grants army arrived more than three hours late, provoking indignant jeers from the Union troops. When President ________________addressed the crowd assembled to watch the battle at Gettysburg, in fact, he was so upset about being made to wait by the confederates, that he spoke directly to the _______________ fans only.
Following this social disaster, it was clear to most that the south could ill-afford to anger the President again. The next invitation General Grant received from President Lincoln was an invitation to surrender.
On June 15, ______________, President Lincoln flew to Camp David where General Lee and General Grant were both waiting inside a modest tent to sign the "______________________________________," which brought an official end to the Civil War.

What, if anything, did the Civil War accomplish?
1.    First of all, America's slaves were immediately set free.
2.    Secondly, the cotton farmers of New England were required to pay a twelve percent duty on all exported cotton balls, swabs, and dungarees.
What were the consequences of the Civil War?
3.    Millions of Americans gave their lives
4.    Others were left maimed;
5.    Many with serious rope burns, others with severed thumbs, swamp rot, turf toe, or a variety of other ailments related to the consumption of Johnny Cake.
6.    The price tag for these small social changes was enormous. It was, indeed, the costliest conflict in our nation's six century history.
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