Literature: "Dear America" and "My Name is America" Civil War Books
These sites have discussion guides and activities for two books: “Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson” and “The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier.” There is also information about the authors and about daily life in a Civil War camp. Topics include food, entertainment, and the importance of letter writing. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War and Pony Express.
Scholastic: Dear America Books
This site has discussion questions and suggested activities relating to the book "When Will This Cruel War Be Over?"
Life In A Civil War Army Camp
This page describes Civil War soilders' meals, tent, and drill practice.
How the Civil War Soldiers Lived
This site has a series of first-person articles that describes daily activities, haircuts, food, and disease in the camps.
Entertainment in the Camp
Learn what the soldiers did during their leisure time in the camp.
Scholastic: My Name is America Books
This site has discussion questions and suggested activities relating to the book "The Journal of Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier."
Mail by Rail
Learn about the railway mail service that grew slowly until the Civil War.
The Pony Express: The Union's Legendary Savior
This article is about how the Pony Express came into existence just a short time before the beginning of the Civil War.
A Short History of Identification Tags
Read about the history of ID tags, which were first used in the Civil War to ensure soldiers' identities would be known.
Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War
This site has very short summaries of documents written by Southern women about their daily life during the Civil War. Click on the pages to view the actual documents.
Learning About Jim Murphy
Read about author Jim Murphy. Scroll down to read his thoughts about reading and writing.
Read a transcript from an interview with Barry Deneberg, author of "When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson."
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Union Soldier
These sites are about Union soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters written by soldiers to friends and family members. See the uniforms they wore and other artifacts from the war. There are links to eThemes Resources on Confederate Soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Confederate Soldier
These sites are about the Confederate soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters from soldiers and see photographs showing them in uniform. Learn which states supported the Confederacy. There are links to eThemes Resources on Unions soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Women
Learn about the role of women during the Civil War. Find out how they served as spies, soldiers, and nurses. Read first-hand accounts from their diaries. Includes information about Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd, and other women. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Causes and Battles
Learn the reasons why the Civil War began. Read about several battles and military leaders. Includes timelines of major events and maps of the battle areas. View photographs of the war and the men and women involved. There are links to several eThemes Resources on the Civil War.