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Civil War Theme Pack

Civil War Theme Pack
Civil War Theme Pack

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Few events have shaped our country’s history more than the Civil War. To this day, Americans remain in awe of the men and women who fought in the epic battles and helped our country emerge from its ashes. Take a deep dive into the history of our country with this Civil War theme pack featuring 5 issues devoted to the subject, including a look at what life was like for Americans during the conflict, the role of the cavalry and navy in the fighting, and how the year 1863 and the Battle of Gettysburg contributed to bringing the war to a final conclusion.

The Civil War theme pack is aimed at kids ages 9 and up and features:

Growing Up in the Civil War: Letters, diaries, songs, and photographs tell the story of the Civil War and what life was like for all Americans during this dreadful conflict. Listen as children and adults explain why they fought and what they were fighting for.

The Navy in the Civil War: COBBLESTONE has done a number of issues devoted to famous battles and various generals in the Civil War. But this issue takes a broader approach, looking at the use of naval power by both the North and the South during the Civil War. Neither side had a strong navy in 1861, but by the end of the war in 1865, the United States had transformed its Navy from one of outdated wooden vessels into a technologically advanced force. There is an article on the some of naval leaders for each side and a descriptive article that offers a look at a day in the life of a sailor in the mid-1800s. There are general articles that offer overviews of the various naval tactics - river warfare, high sea raiding, and coastal blockades. There also is an article on the recent recovery of USS Monitor.

The Cavalry in the Civil War: In American history, the Civil War proved to be the proving ground for use of cavalry units. Although at first horse units were looked at skeptically, by the end of the war both the Union and Confederate armies grew to depend and rely on the cavalry units. In time, mounted units were used not just to distract the opposition but to engage them in battle. In this issue of COBBLESTONE, we look at the role of cavalry units in the Civil War. We focus on several key battles and we meet some of the talented leaders for both the South and North. There also are articles on the history (yesterday) and the legacy (today) of the U.S. Cavalry. And for horse lovers, we have included an article that describes how the distinguishing element of the cavalry - the horse - was selected, trained, and cared for.

Gettysburg: Civil War Turning Point: In 1863, the dis-United States were about halfway through the Civil War, (but they didn't know that). When the Union and Confederate armies clashed at a small farming community in southern Pennsylvania that July, it proved to be a turning point in the war. In the February issue, we head to Gettysburg and see what happened over the course of that three-day battle. From the strategy of the military leaders to the townspeople's care of the wounded to the role of news reporters covering the battles, it is all here. And we visit the new museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park, where the historic Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama has been restored and now hangs in a specially designed 360-degree hall.

1863: A Year in the Civil War: COBBLESTONE has covered the Civil War many times before by focusing on famous battles and heroic leaders, but we started thinking: What if we tried a different perspective? So in the February issue, we're taking a longer view of the war-the 12 months that made up the year 1863, to be exact. All the major battles are included: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Fort Wagner, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. Other pivotal events, such as President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and how it impacted the recruitment of black soldiers, the deadly draft riots in New York City, and the famous meeting between Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, also are described. Pick up a copy of the February issue to get an interesting view of how the events of the Civil War unfolded over the course of one year.