Unit 3

A War Transformed 1862


15-minute video: The Army of the Potomac, the War in the East, McClellan, Lee & Jackson [video]

Topics: Naval success on the Mississippi, Halleck and the War in the West, McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, Jackson in the Valley, the Emergence of Robert E. Lee, Union politics of command

Reading: McPherson, pp. 454-490


15-minute video: Politics & Diplomacy, Summer 1862 [video]

Topic: CSA strains, European recognition of CSA, Kentucky, Davis and offensive strategy, invasion of North, Order of American Knights, war weariness

Reading: McPherson, pp. 491-510



15-minute video: A War to End Slavery [video]

Topic: Union defeat of CSA invasion—Antietam, Perryville, Corinth; Emancipation Proclamation, US draft, changing war aims, failure of CSA recognition

Reading: McPherson, pp. 511-545

Thursday & Friday:


Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect, Union soldiers’ reaction, CSA reaction, black recruitment, fight for universal freedom

Reading: Foner, pp. xi-xvi, 1-15

Ken Burns Episode 4: Simply Murder


Assignment 3: Project Proposal

*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:

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