ERIC Number: ED462327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War. Teaching with Historic Places.
Folker, Ann Marie
One of the largest brick forts built in the United States, Fort Pickens (along with nearby Fort McRee, Fort Barrancas, and Advanced Redoubt) provided the setting for a serious effort by a small group of men to avert or at least postpone the outbreak of the Civil War. Months before the firing on Fort Sumter, southern forces at nearby Pensacola (Florida) worked to find a way of seceding from the Union without initiating bloodshed. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration files "Fort Pickens" and "Fort Barrancas Historic District" and on historic structure reports for both forts. The lesson can be used to teach units on the Civil War. It begins with an overview of the events and contains the following sections: "About This Lesson"; "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps (1861 Map of Harbor Defenses for Pensacola)"; "Determining the Facts: Readings (Civil War in the Pensacola Area; Major versus Lieutenant Slemmer; Key People and Critical Decisions)"; "Visual Evidence: Images (Aerial View of Fort Pickens; Diagram of Fort Pickens; Aerial View of Fort Barrancas; Diagram of Fort Barrancas)"; "Putting It All Together: Activities (Surrender or Not; Researching Pensacola in the Civil War; Isn't It Ironic?; Military Installations in the Local Community)"; and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Heritage Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Student Research
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/38pickens/38pic kens.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.