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HIST 61: Battles of the Civil War


Course Description

In this course, students will learn how the leaders of our nation reacted to the incredible pressures of combat in the Civil War. The importance of leadership, courage, and other virtues will be the underlying theme of the class. Many classes will focus on how men lived or failed to live heroic virtue. About one-third of the class will focus on the Battle of Gettysburg. In class students will also watch movies (ex. Gettysburg), and selected documentaries about the Civil War, including parts of Ken Burns’s Civil War documentary. The students will also do some reenactments using Nerf guns.

Required Texts

MacPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era. Ballantine Books, 1989.

School: Middle School

Department: History

Length: Full Year


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