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The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy. See the fact file below for more information about the American Civil War.
- The American Civil War was fought between the North (Union states) and the South (Confederate states). The Confederate states wanted to leave the union.
- The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces attacked a U.S. Union military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The war lasted from 1861-1865.
- The conflict was triggered by the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Lincoln wanted to end slavery and keep the Union together.
- There were a lot of differences between the Northern states and the Southern states. The North had a lot of industry and the South had a lot of farming. The South depended on the work of slaves to do the farming. The North wanted slavery abolished and the South was very opposed to that happening. Taxes and the size of government were also big issues.
- The Civil War was fought mostly in the southern states, and there was a lot of destruction. More than 620,000 lives were lost, and more than 375,000 people were injured. Many people died from disease and of wounds that could have been treated had there been adequate medical help.
- The Civil War was also known as the war between the states. People from the North were called Yankees, and people from the South were called Rebels.
- The Confederacy was led by Jefferson Davis. He was considered the president of the South. Robert E. Lee was the leader of the Confederate Army. The Union was led by Abraham Lincoln. He was the president of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant was the leader of the Union Army.
- The Confederate States were: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
- In the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln said the Civil War was to preserve a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
- General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, ending the Civil War. Lee said of the terms that Grant had written, “You have been very generous to the South.” The Emancipation Proclamation, in January, 1863, made “freeing the slaves” the focus of the war. Many freed slaves joined the Union.
American Civil War Worksheets
This bundle contains 17 ready-to-use American civil war worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about this devastating war widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War, which was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy
Students will also learn about facts about the war itself, key events surrounding the emancipation proclamation and key writing skills including poster, speech & diary writing. Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple activities and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
American Civil War worksheets:
Civil War Word Search
Word search filler task based upon what they have learnt from the study guide.
Who am i?
Students are tasked to identify the important people during the American Civil War. Elaborate their roles and contributions on the box provided.
Image analysis and writing task. Challenging questions on the images.
Map reading and identification of states worksheet.
Students are tasked to explore the 3 major events during the American Civil War that lead to the signing of Emancipation Proclamation.
Is it true?
True of false writing task related to American civil war statements.
I’m a speech writer
Writing task where students have to imagine they are the speedwriter for Abraham Lincoln.
Another writing task where students have to express their opinion regarding the American Civil War and its causes by creating a poster.
American Civil war soldier writing task.