This programs guides participants through an examination of primary sources and artifacts to learn how the Army developed new technology to help Soldiers fight. Participants will be encouraged to answer questions based on demonstrations and artifact analysis. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.
At the end of the lesson, participants will be better able to:
- Identify uniforms, weapons, and equipment used by Civil War Soldiers and describe their functions.
- Describe how Soldiers using the objects carried out the U.S. Army’s mission.
- List examples of new technologies used during the Civil War and describe how mission requirements drove innovation.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools
USIL.9 The student will apply social science skills to understand the causes, major events, and effects of the Civil War by:
(a) describing the cultural, economic, and constitutional issues that divided the nation;
(b) explaining how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased sectinal tensions;
(c) locating on a map the states that seceded from the Union and those that remained in the Union;
(d) describing critical developments in the war, including the location of major battles; and
(e) describing the effects of war from the perspectives of Union and Confederate soldiers (including African American soldiers), women, and enslaved African Americans.
VS.7 the student will demonstrate an understanding of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by:
(a) explaining the major events and the differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;
(b) describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.