ERIC Number: ED439069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence. Teaching with Historic Places.
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Manassas National Battlefield Park" and other sources. The lesson could be used in units on the Civil War. Students strengthen their skills of observation and interpretation in the study of history and geography and gain practice in analyzing primary documents. The lesson explains that the first major confrontation of the Civil War took place at Manassas, Virginia, on July 21, 1861 in a farm's fallow field and that it claimed 5,000 casualties. It points out that the battle's importance lay in the realization that the struggle between North and South was more an apocalyptic event than the romantic adventure earlier envisioned. The lesson is divided into the following sections: "About This Lesson";"Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps (Central and Eastern Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, c. 1861); The Upper Potomac, 1861"; Manassas Battlefield Today"); "Determining the Facts: Readings (The Last Letter of Major Sullivan Ballou; The Letters of J. W. Reid; Some Events Connected with the Life of Judith Carter Henry"); "Visual Evidence: Images (Drawing of the Henry House, 1861; Henry House, March 1862; The Stone House, 1862); "Putting It All Together: Activities (Considering Life as a Soldier; Manassas National Battlefield Park; Local and Personal Impact of the Civil War"); and "Supplementary Resources." The "About This Lesson" section sets out objectives and materials for students. (BT)
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www. cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/12manassas/12manassas.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.