ERIC Number: ED462330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Battle of Prairie Grove: Civilian Recollections of the Civil War. Teaching with Historic Places.
Montgomery, Don; Baker, Lea Flowers
Julia West was 14 years old when she viewed the carnage and destruction of the battle field at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. She was not the only young spectator at the battle, but she had one of the best views of the conflict. From her home on West Hill (AK), Julia beheld the horror and splendor of battle when the men of the Union Army of the Frontier encountered the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi. Today, only memories remain as testament to a battle that changed many families' lives forever. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for "Prairie Grove Battlefield" and other primary sources. The lesson can be used to teach units on the Civil War and southern history. It provides an overview with Julia West's recollections of the Battle of Prairie Grove and is divided into the following sections: "About This Lesson"; "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps (Prairie Grove Battlefield)"; "Determining the Facts: Readings (Recollections of Julia West Pyeatt; Recollections of Caldonia An Borden Brandenburg; Memoir of Nancy Morton Staples)"; "Visual Evidence: Images (Borden House; Nancy Morton Staples at the Morton House; Morton Cellar)"; "Putting It All Together: Activities (Reliability of Historic Sources; Modern Civil Wars; Civil War Year in Your Area; Monuments and Memorials)"; and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Historic Sites, History Instruction, Primary Sources, Reminiscence, 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/70prairie/70pra irie.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.