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Chapter Assessment Technology Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

Army Life

Making an Class Presentation

Life in the army training camps during the Civil War was hard. Information about life in the camps comes from primary sources. Using the library and the Internet, find diaries, letters, photographs, and news articles about daily life.

Plan an electronic presentation on army life for your class. Use the list of suggested topics below to begin brainstorming.

  • Drawings, maps, and photos that show the design of a typical camp
  • Items used for cooking, lodging, sanitation, military drilling, and recreation
  • Drills and maneuvers soldiers learned
  • Personal belongings of the Yankees and rebels
  • Firsthand accounts of camp life from letters and diaries
  • Changes in camp life as the war dragged on

Civil War Photographs http://memory.loc.gov/ ammem/ cwphtml/ cwphome.html
A collection of more than 1,000 photographs from the Civil War, as provided by the Library of Congress.

Civil War Diaries http://www.augustana.edu/ library/ SpecialCollections/ civil1.html
Augustana College Library site provides the diaries of two Civil War soldiers, maps, time lines of troop movements, and other Civil War resources and documents. Go to the Special Collections link to access the Civil War diaries and related information.

Susie King Taylor http://docsouth.unc.edu/ neh/ taylorsu/ taylorsu.html
Susie King Taylor's account of her life in a Union army camp.