Courage & Contradiction

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In this activity, students will match Civil War items with their descriptions.

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This lesson plan features an activity in which students will analyze Civil War letters as a primary source.

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Clay Marbles. These eleven clay marbles are hand painted different colors with patterns and even paintings of small fruit on one marble.

To pass the time in between marches and battles many soldiers engaged in games for leisure. These marbles are…

The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of The Sacraments; and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to The Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David,…

Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife. This Civil War-era Bowie knife was hand made. The blade is approximately 10 inches long. The handle is hand carved wood. Named after the D-shaped nature of the guard, this large knife was popular during the war…

David Sackville Cooke, Pvt. Cooke was born December 24, 1829, to Melchizedek Brim Cooke and Lucy Ann Jones in Madison County, Tennessee. He was orphaned at an early age and came to Williamson County, Texas, in the 1850’s with relatives.


Display with Civil War-era Artillery. This display includes a variety of Civil War artillery of different sizes, including traditional bullets and the revolutionary minie ball. Two of these projectiles are deformed from impact.
The minie ball was a…

1860s-era Double Barrel Percussion Pistol. This pistol is metal with a wooden handle and does not feature a brand name. It has 3 inch barrels.

Such handguns were popular at the time because they featured rotating cylinders, allowing the soldier…

1860s-era folding cup with cardboard case. This sturdy cardboard case has a faux-leather exterior for decoration. The collapsible cup consists of five interlocking rings.
Such easily-stored cups were popular and useful personal items for soldiers.
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