Courage & Contradiction

Reenact A Civil War Battle on Horseback

Dublin Core

Title

Reenact A Civil War Battle on Horseback

Subject

United States -- Texas -- Williamson County
War (Civil War)

Description

In this activity students will gain insight into battle strategy and the incredible loss of life the country faced during the Civil War.

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Creator

The Williamson Museum

Source

Civil War in Texas, Trunk Manual

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Lesson Plan Item Type Metadata

Objectives

The student will learn about military battle strategy and the tools used during this time period, including horses, guns and cannons. Through this reenactment, the students will gain an understanding of the horrific casualties in our country during this time.

Materials

4 ft. lengths of PVC Piping
Tape
White paper
Staples
Crayons
Fiberfill

Lesson Plan Text

Making your own battle horse:
1. Divide the class into 2 groups- North and South.
2. Before battle, each soldier must make his own horse on which he/she may ride into battle.
3. Layer two sheets of white paper. Draw an outline of a horse head. Cut out and color both sides.
4. Staple all edges of the horse head except around the neck and stuff with filler.
5. Insert horse head onto the PVC Pipe and tape closed the neck area onto the pipe.
6. Prepare for battle on horseback!
Battle:
1. Research a battle and the formations held using your research library.
2. Research the generals who lead each regimen of soldiers and designate roles; some will need to be casualties of war.
3. Head to your school yard and find an area that has high points and low points.
4. Move in formation according to the general’s orders on your horse.
5. Incorporate military strategies used as well as how far a rifle or cannon would reach once fired.

Files

Citation

The Williamson Museum, “Reenact A Civil War Battle on Horseback,” Courage & Contradiction, accessed October 23, 2017, http://civilwar.williamsonmuseumexhibits.org/items/show/66.

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