The Civil War Soldier's Load: Technological Innovations - FREE

by  National Museum of the U.S. Army

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The Civil War consumed the United States from 1861 to 1865. Tens of thousands of Soldiers endured hardships and challenges to carry out the Army’s military mission to preserve the Union. The items Soldiers carried into the field were invaluable to performing their duty and executing the Army’s mission.

Join a Museum educator to explore the gear, weapons, and personal items that made up a Civil War Soldier’s Load.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


This program is free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

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National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


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.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


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.

State Standards

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

United States History to 1865
USI.9 The student will apply history and social science skills to understand the cause, major events, and effects of the Civil War by
a)describing how slavery and its expansion was the primary cause of the cultural, economic, and constitutional issues that divided the nation and led to the secession of southern states; F)analyzing the effects of the war from various perspectives of Union and Confederate soldiers, Indigenous peoples, women, European Americans, and enslaved and free Blacks during the war including, but not limited to Clara Barton, John Brown, Robert Smalls, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Mary Bowser.

Virginia and United States History
VUS.9 The student will apply history and social science skills to analyze the major turning points of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras by
evaluating and explaining the impact of the war on Americans, with emphasis on Virginians, enslaved and free Blacks, the common soldier, and the home front;