Unit 2

The Opening of the War


15-minute video: The Cause, South and North [video]

Topics: States rights, Slavery, Confederate States of America, Confederate Constitution, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln & Preservation of the Union, non-interference in slavery, Lincoln’s constitutional theory (government of the people)

Reading: McPherson, pp. 234-275


15-minute video: The Border States [video]

Topics: Maryland, Baltimore Riots, martial law, habeas corpus, Maryland legislature, Kentucky neutrality, U.S. Grant, Missouri, Nathaniel Lyon, John C. Fremont, emancipation, Benjamin F. Butler, contrabands

Reading: McPherson, pp. 276-307


15-minute video: Amateurs at War [video]

Topics: Predicting the outcome, Napoleonic warfare, Anaconda Plan, volunteers, West Virginia, Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, First Bull Run, Pierre G.T. Beauregard, Joseph E. Johnston, Thomas J. Jackson

Reading: McPherson, pp. 308-391

Bull Run Animated Map (http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/firstmanassas/first-manassas-maps/bull-run-animated-map/)


Assignment 2: Blog post — How Historians Know What They Know, Part 1a and Part 1b


15-minute video: The War in the West, Spring 1862 [video]

Topics: McClellan as Union General in Chief, Mill Springs, George H. Thomas, Ft. Henry & Ft. Donelson, U.S. Grant, Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Albert S. Johnston, P.G.T. Beauregard, Corinth, Henry Halleck, U.S. and C.S.A. command crises, C.S.A. hardships

Reading: McPherson, pp. 392-453

Maps of Shiloh, Tennessee (1862): BATTLE OF SHILOH ANIMATED MAP (http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/shiloh/maps/battle-of-shiloh-animated.html)

*Note: We break up each unit into four reading units and one assignment unit.  This allows you to do one unit of work a day.  You should, of course, work on your assignments all week but it does give you a full day to focus on your work.  Always check the schedule for due dates (things can change during the course).  We have also included other source below that are optional

Other Sources:

 Ken Burns – The Civil War: Episode 2 – A Very Bloody Affair
Civil War Trust: Bull Run/Manassas
Civil War Trust: Fort Henry
Civil War Trust: Fort Donelson
Civil War Trust: New Orleans


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