The Civil War for Kids and Teachers (War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression) Illustration

The Civil War for Kids and Teachers


Special Section for Kids

For Kids - the Civil War, 1861-1865

Events Leading Up to the Civil War

The Events Leading Up To and Causes of the Civil War

Civil War Army & Camp Life

Comparison, Typical Confederate and Union Soldiers

Camp Life

Music, Bugles, Songs, Bands

Marching & Drilling

Leisure Time Activities, Baseball, Entertainment

Soldiers Payroll, Sutler Stores

Food & Foraging

Letters and Packages



Troop Mascots

Punishment, Trials, Courts-Martial


The Draft, Draft riots in New York

Engineers, Herman Haupt

Women & Child Soldiers

African American Soldiers

Teamsters & Supply Trains

Slaves in Camp, Racism in both the Union and Confederate Armies

Civil War Navy and Air Force

The Navy, Ironclads, Monitor vs. Merrimack

The Air Force, Observation Balloonists, Thaddeus Lowe

The War

Major Battles

Medical Care, Clara Barton

Prison Camps

Ciphers, coded messages

Speeches, Proclamations, Primary Sources

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

People of the Civil War

The Home Front

The South: Civilian Life, Inflation, Poverty, Starvation

The North: Civilian Life, Economic Boom, Dawn of the Industrial Age

Fund Raisers, Sanitary Fairs



The Economics of Slavery

The Triangle Trade

The Constitution and Bill of Rights on Slavery

The Missouri Compromise of 1820

Slave Life

The Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman

The Abolitionist Movement and Frederick Douglass

Fugitive Slave Laws

The Liberator - "AND I WILL BE HEARD"

The Compromise of 1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Dred Scott Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (1858)

1860 Democratic and Republican Conventions, Lincoln elected president

1860, South Carolina Secedes, More Southern States follow, Border States

Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 - freed all slaves in areas NOT under Union control

1865, the Civil War ends;  the 13th Amendment is added to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery forever

Maps, Graphs, Timelines

Maps & Graphs (some interactive)

Timelines (some interactive)

Games & Activities:

Interactive Games & Activities about the American Civil War for Kids

Civil War Clipart for Homework and Projects

For Kids - After the Civil War, Reconstruction 1865-1877

President Lincoln Assassinated

Demobilization - Sending soldiers home

Johnson's Reconstruction, Andrew Johnson (Democrat) takes over after Lincoln is assassinated

Congressional Reconstruction

Formation of the Freedmen's Bureau, a temporary federal agency

Reconstruction Act of 1867 - Military Rule in the South

Scalawags (White Southern Republicans) and Carpetbaggers (White Northern Republicans)

Birth of the Ku Klux Klan

14th Amendment (right of African Americans to citizenship), repeal of Black Codes

Ulysses S. Grant (Republican) Takes Over as President

15th Amendment (right of African American males to vote)

1877, End of Reconstruction with election of President Rutherford Hayes, a former Union general

Educational Games and Activities for Kids about Reconstruction

For Teachers

Events Leading Up to the Civil War lesson plans

American Civil War Free Lesson Plans & Units

Reconstruction, Carpetbaggers & Scalawags Lesson Plans & Units

American Civil War, Free Use for the Classroom Presentations in PowerPoint format

Free Use Civil War Clipart for Kids and Teachers

The Civil War, US History, Free iPad & iPhone apps

Free Video Clips