Union General

Council of war near Massaponax Church,
Va., May 21, 1864. General Grant is looking
over General Meade's shoulder at a map
Meade holds.

The Civil War is at its most brutal stage and you are a Union General. If you would be asked to surrender, would you? Would you surrender to save the lives of your soldiers or would you continue to fight for what you believe in? You will share your thoughts in a letter you write to a family member or friend.

Some questions to ask yourself as you write your letter are as follows. Why are you fighting for the North? What are your views on slavery? What kind of warfare do you and your army use? Describe one of your victorious battles. Do you have any regrets with your orders for battle, etc?

 You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as a Union General.

To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind..

Ulysses S. Grant Home Page

Civil War Generals

American Civil War Home Page


Civil War for Kids

Civil War ThinkQuest

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Life in Civil War America