What Children Experienced in the Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg by Andrea Warren

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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The summer of 1863, General Ulysses Grant starved and shelled the Mississippi River city of Vicksburg into submission, finally opening the river to Northern ships and assuring the defeat of the South. The siege lasted 47 days. Vicksburg's 5,000 civilians included an estimated 1,000 children, black and white, rich and poor, slave and free, who suffered every bit as much as the adults. Using her award-winning book, Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg, as the basis of her presentation, Andrea Warren brings Vicksburg and its famous siege to life, introducing students to three brave children who were there. They include two young people inside the town, and Ulysses Grant's 12-year-old son, who was with his father. Warren also looks at the war's impact on children throughout the North and South who had to hold down family farms, homes, and businesses when their brothers and fathers went to war. She includes information about the drummer boys and teenage soldiers who participated in the war, and explains how the North's invasion of the South wreaked havoc on families and forced children to take on adult responsibilities. More information is at her website, AndreaWarren.com.You can e-mail her at Andrea@AndreaWarren.com

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family ESL Public Library: Library Patrons Nursing Homes

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:

No maximum.

Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

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Program Details


1. The author will explain why Vicksburg was so strategic to the war and how Grant conducted his siege.
2. The author will introduce the three young people who are the central characters in her book and explain what happened to each of them.
2. The author will relate what life was like during the Civil War for children and teens,and for boys under age 18 who enlisted. She will emphasize that many young people faced grave danger and deprivation during the war.
4. The author will illustrate her comments with photos of young people in the Civil War.
5. The author will leave time for a question and answer session.


--To emphasize the critical roles young people have played in war--and thus, in history.
--To teach students about the 47-day siege of Vicksburg, which was one of the key events of the Civil War and one of the longest sieges on American soil.
--To engage students in the study of history by connecting them with young people their age who were eye witnesses to the Civil War.
--To help students learn the price paid in war by civilians.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

US History/The History of the United States; US History/The History of People of Many Cultures Around the World; English/Reading for Understanding.

State Standards

This program is appropriate for grades four and up. The author adjusts it for each learning level.