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Follow the Drinking Gourd - YouTube

According to American folklore, this song was a "musical" map which led fugitive slaves north to freedom. For a history of the song, see http://www.followthe...
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The song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" is about slaves trying to find their way to the North. "The Drinking Gourd" refers to the Big Dipper star formation which points to Polaris, the Pole Star, and North. It was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. It is a very old and powerful song that is used frequently in contemporary elementary school education.

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Civil War Journals: Civil War Women

Civil War Journals: Civil War Women | Civil War | Scoop.it
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The first account posted is from a woman named Carol Garfield who writes to a man named Wallace about being a nurse during the Civil War. She writes that a man almost died in her arms the previous week, and in just one day 127 people died. This really shows me how fatal and brutal the war was and how hard it must have been to care for these men in such poor condition. In our textbook, the discuss the roles that women had during this time but this is much more detailed and gruesome than our textbook. It is probably awful to watch someone die.

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The Breakthrough at Petersburg, April 2, 1865

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The Civil War Trust battle map looking at the Union breakthrough on April 2, 1865. This map includes much of the land that the Civil War Trust has saved in this region.
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This map shows the breakthrough at Petersburg which is a very significant event because it caused the downfall of the capitol of the Confederacy. This was a huge success for the Union because they had captured Petersburg, and Richmond, the Capitol of the Confederacy, had fallen. A confederate general was killed during this battle trying to reach his troops. Grant was brilliant in this battle and his plan achieved major success.

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Appomattox Courthouse - April 9, 1865

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The Civil War Trust's Battle of Appomattox Court House Map shows troop movements and preservation progress for this 1865 Civil War battle in Virginia.
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This map shows Appomattox Courthouse which is significant because this is where Robert E. Lee, head of the Confederate army, surrendered to the Union on April 9, 1865. This is a huge moment in history because it is when the Union declared victory against the Confederates and won the war! It is a huge event in our textbook as well as on this map. A confederate was seen on a horse holding a white flag indicating a surrender. The war was finally over after years and years of fighting and the Union had won!

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Civil War Journals: Union Soldier

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The third account posted on this website is about a 19 year-old African-American man named Bugsy Patterson. He is a supporter of the Union and he talks about the cruelty of slavery and the hardships that the soldiers of the Civil War faced. This account relates to our textbook because both discuss the terrors of slavery and the brutality of the Civil War. The account is much more personalized than our textbook; however, because it talks about how the Confederates are stupid and cruel and our textbook is much broader about everything.

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The Battle of Five Forks | Virginia Historical Society Battle of Five Forks

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Learn about the Battle of Five Forks during the Civil War.
Learn about the Battle of Five Forks during the Civil War.
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This is an oil painting depicting the Battle of Five Forks which was an extremely gruesome and overwhelming battle of the Civil War. The Union had a loss of around 800 men and the Confederates had a loss of about 3000 men. This picture gives me a very vivid visual of how intense and gruesome this war really was. Our textbook has many similar images to this and they are all extremely horrifying and saddening as well.

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Walter Calloway

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This primary account is from a former slave named Walter Calloway. He was born in 1848 and he discusses the tortures and the struggles of being a slave. It is extremely sad and it gives me insight into how awful and terrifying it was to be a slave. Walter talks about how his master treated his slaves relatively well, but if that is well, I can't imagine what being treated poorly is like. Our textbook talks about slavery as well, but not this much into detail and as personal. It was a truly, truly horrible practice.

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Second Manassas - Longstreet's Assault - August 30, 1862

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The Civil War Trust's map of Longstreet's August 30, 1862 assault on the Union left flank, the climactic action of the Second Battle of Manassas (Second Bull Run)
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This map shows the Battle of Second Manassas which is a battle that the Union lost to the Confederates in a town near Manassas. The Confederates had won a battle here a year earlier, but I suppose the Union did not learn from this. They fought until nighttime and in the morning the Union awoke to 30,000 reinforcements that General Lee had arrived with. The Union was forced to retreat.This battle; however, had a very positive outcome for the Union in that it gave many slaves the chance to escape to the North.

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Civil War Journals: Confederate soldier

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The first account posted on this website is about a white man who is a soldier for the Confederates. He discusses the hardships of training for the war and how he thinks slavery must continue. This relates to our textbook because both discuss how slavery was an efficient way to get things done and how hard training for the Civil War was. This account goes into much more depth about the training needed to fight in the war thank our textbook does; however, because the textbook merely breaks the surface of describing how brutal the training process was.

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