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Literature: "Dear America" and "My Name is America" Civil War Books Discuss this eTheme.

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.

Grades

  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10

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This site has discussion questions and suggested activities relating to the book "When Will This Cruel War Be Over?"
This page describes Civil War soilders' meals, tent, and drill practice.
This site has a series of first-person articles that describes daily activities, haircuts, food, and disease in the camps.
Learn what the soldiers did during their leisure time in the camp.
This site has discussion questions and suggested activities relating to the book "The Journal of Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier."
Learn about the railway mail service that grew slowly until the Civil War.
This article is about how the Pony Express came into existence just a short time before the beginning of the Civil War.
Read about the history of ID tags, which were first used in the Civil War to ensure soldiers' identities would be known.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.

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