Civil War Trust Animated Map: Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter is a lasting emblem of the duration of the Civil War, and the American flag on its pole is a symbol of the Union's hard-fought victory. A short, informative video takes learners through the military strategies of the battle, as well as its firm placement in Confederate hands until Sherman's troops were on their way.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Supply learners with a graphic organizer to note key terms, historical figures, and important events from the video
  • Organize a trip to Fort Sumter if it's close to your school
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is nearly eight minutes long; consider pausing once or twice if showing during class to address questions and clarify details
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • Provides details of the battle with maps 
  • Includes a brief explanation of the cause of the Civil War
Cons

  • Does not include the same map animations or reenactments as the other resources in the playlist, and therefore isn't as engaging