Friday, May 30, 2014

Resources for your Civil War Project

Here is the list the Media Center created for your Civil War Project: 

Civil War Websites

Slave Photos

African American Life in the 1800s

Eyewitness to History

Photos of Slaves and Slave Life

Slaves working in the fields – authentic photo in South Carolina

Civil War Photo Gallery – great for pictures of your character

Civil War Homepage

Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers (Confederate Spy)

North Carolina Digital History Civil War

North Carolina Digital History Rose O’Neal Greenhow Confederate Spy

Maryland In The Civil War Enoch Pratt Free Library

 Britannica Online School Edition

History Reference Center

Issue & Controversies

Gale in U.S. History Context

Annals of American History Online Resource Civil War Scrapbook

1862 Rose O'Neal Greenhow was an untiring Confederate spy who operated out of Washington in the first year of the Civil War.


1862 Julia Ward Howe told the story of how she came to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Mary Boykin Chesnut was the daughter of a governor of South Carolina and the wife of a U.S. senator diary


1861 Editorials Summary of how war is hurting South, but North is doing well economically





Benjamin F. Butler was a major general of the Union Army in command of Fortress Monroe in Virginia. When the problem of refugee slaves arose, he took the initiative and refused to return them, declaring the slaves “contraband of war.”


All Quiet Along the Potomac To-Night, written by Ethel Lynn Beers, a New York poet transferred later into a Confederate Song



1863 ‘"Marching Song of the First Arkansas" was the fighting song of the First Arkansas Colored Regiment of the Union Army. It was written in 1863 by Captain Lindley Miller, a member of a New York regiment and later commander of this African American regiment. He called it “a good song to fight with.” The song was widely popular among African American troops during the war.’


1863 Patrick Gilmore, the Irish bandmaster of the Union Army – the song – When Johnny Comes Marching Home”


1863 Corporal James Gooding, a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment’s Plea for Equal Pay


Abraham Lincoln “Emancipation Proclamation”


Quaker Abolitionist “One Hundred Thousand More” – a song


1864 Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, New York, 1887: “How Men Die in Battle.”


1864 This popular Civil War song was written by Walter Kittredge in 1862, shortly after he entered the Union Army; but Kittredge could not get it published for two years, and so it did not start to be sung until 1864. Then it was sung by everybody—by soldiers on both sides, and by the folks at home, with the result that the sheet music sale ran into many thousands.

1864 Andersonville Diary, etc., etc., Auburn, N.Y., 1881, pp. 75–95.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mr Schwarten on Instagram and Twitter

It has come to my attention that some of you would like to see me have an Instagram presence.  I plan to take photos of historical things that I run across in everyday life.  If you find something historical or social studies in nature that you would like to share with me I wouldn't mind seeing what you come up with.  I am still learning hot to use instagram, but I figure that you could help me learn how to use this modern technology.

I have added the twitter feed back to the blog so you can see it if you want.  Remember I encourage you to use all of the methods at your disposal to learn about our amazingly rich history and society.  America is really a fascinating place and I hope you keep learning about it as you get older.

-Mr Schwarten 

Below is my first attempt at using Instagram:

Hispanics and the Civil War

For those of you who are using a Hispanic/Latino character for your Civil War Project this article might shed some light on the role people of Spanish descent played in the conflict.  It has a lot of interesting information and comes from the National Park Service.  Just Click the link and it will take you to the article.    

-Mr Schwarten

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Presidents Video we watched in class


Taylor to Lincoln:

John Green: The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion

John Green does a good job explaining the issues that led up to the Civil War. It is basically everything we did over the last Three weeks in 15 minutes. He goes a little deeper than you need to, but he sums up everything pretty nicely.

Concepts for mid point quiz on Civil War

Concepts for Mid Point Quiz: (If you study these you will do fine on the Quiz) 

  • Mexican War
  • Gettysburg
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • John Brown
  • Republican Party
  • Secession
  • Fort Sumter
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Frederick Douglas
  • How free were Free African Americans in the North?
  • Confederate States of America
  • Election of 1860
  • Cotton Production
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Stephen Douglas
  • Abolitionists
  • Industrialization of north/south/west
  • President Lincoln
  • Compromise of 1850

Friday, May 2, 2014

John Brown Online Discussion

Go to Google.

Search for Mr Schwarten.  Click on the one that says US History. 

Click on link that is appropriate for your class: 
Period 1:

Period 2:

Period 3:

Period 5:

Period 6:

Put in your name first names as the name of your group. 

Begin inputting information about John Brown in the Chat as bullet points.  Think of each message as a bullet point.