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Georgia Civil War Program

Civil War Program

The American Civil War, 1861-1865, which erupted after the election of Abraham Lincoln tore the nation apart.  This program explores the reasons for going to war, from both points of view, and how decisions were made in Washington affected the average citizen in both the North and the South. 

Presented in the attire of a Confederate Soldier, this program also includes a variety of military and every day items of the time period.  As with other programs, a musket firing can be scheduled if desired.  (Presenter is a certified black powder safety officer by both the Federal Government and the state of Georgia.)

Georgia Standards Civil War


Grade Four:

SS4H5 Explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War. 

a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War. 

b. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between the North and South. 

c. Identify major battles, campaigns, and events: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House.

d. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and William T. Sherman. e. Describe the effects of war on the North and South.


Grade Eight:

SS8H5 Analyze the impact of the Civil War on Georgia.

a. Explain the importance of key issues and events that led to the Civil War; include slavery, states’ rights, nullification, Compromise of 1850 and the Georgia Platform, the Dred Scott case, Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860, and the debate over secession in Georgia.

b. Explain Georgia’s role in the Civil War; include the Union blockade of Georgia’s coast, the Emancipation Proclamation, Chickamauga, Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Andersonville.


Grades 9 - 12:

SSUSH8 Explore the relationship between slavery, growing north-south divisions, and westward expansion that led to the outbreak of the Civil War.

a. Explain the impact of the Missouri Compromise on the admission of states from the Louisiana Territory.

d. Explain how the Compromise of 1850 arose out of territorial expansion and population growth.

e. Evaluate the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the failure of popular sovereignty, Scott v. Sanford, John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, and the election of 1860 as events leading to the Civil War.
SSUSH9 Evaluate key events, issues, and individuals related to the Civil War

a. Explain the importance of the growing economic disparity between the North and the South through an examination of population, functioning railroads, and industrial output.

d. Explain the importance of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Atlanta, as well as the impact of geography on these battles.