The American Civil War
Buffalo Gap Road
Doing original research involving a variety of sources, students will prepare a unit history/dossier of a regiment,
ship, battery, or battalion from the American Civil War.
Each dossier will consist of the following:
A. Name of the Unit
B. IMAGE OF SOMETHING PERTAINING TO THE UNIT (flag, men who served, etc.)
C. Brief synopsis of the unit, one paragraph or so:
(Example: The 1st Texas Camel Lancers was a mounted unit of circus performers raised in the vicinity of Rusk,
Texas. Organized in September 1862, Colonel Marvin Brokeback commanded the unit and led it to the mountains
of Kentucky. Here the unit performed admirably in a variety of functions, mostly involved in scouting the rear of
enemy formations and looking for vulnerabilities that could be tactically and strategically exploited. By the war's
end, the unit had mostly served with the Army of Tennessee, had lost few men in combat, and returned to Texas.
They surrendered on June 7, 1867, clearly unaware of their surroundings.
A. A resume or timeline form of a unit history and chronology
B. A map showing where they fought
A. A one page assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, and participation in the war.
(Example: One of the most bizarre of Civil War Units, the 1st Texas Camel Lancers were atypical in their tactics
and approaches . . . . The baptism of fire came for the 1st Texas Camel Lancers at the Battle of Big Cobb Creek.
There, Colonel Brokeback, in a gallant gesture, . . . . By the end of the war, the 1st Texas Camel Lancers had
proven that the idea of mounted pig stickers on desert creature was an idea that . . . .
Jefferson Davis: McWhiney,
Episode Two (1.5 The Civil War
Researching the Civil
November 3 World Wide
November 8 Ride with the Devil
November 10 “Chapter 6: A Winter
November 15 Pharaoh’s Army (1.5
“Chapter 7: Serious
November 17 COURT HOUSE
November 22 “Chapter 8: Rebel
Parry, Rebel Thrust”
November 29 “Chapter 9: The Will
“Chapter 10: American
Communities at War”
December 1 Glory (2 hours)
December 6 “Chapter 11: The Year
of Decision, 1863”
“Chapter 12: War is
Killing, War is Hell”
Chapter 13: Breaking
December 8 Shenandoah (2 hours) Unit Histories are Due
December 13 “Chapter 14: Lessons
Episode 3 (1.5 Hours)