Hubby told me that he learned new things from this DVD. I certainly learned a lot. I'm always ready to learn something new, if the teaching tools are good.
|Mississippi River (more info Wiki)|
The battles at Shiloh and Vicksburg are complex in the ebb and flow of troops, wins and losses, and troop movement. It demonstrates the importance of the Mississippi River for transportation of supplies, troops and goods and services along an enormous 3700km (2300 mile) route.
At Shiloh there were 24,000 dead, wounded or missing troops, on both sides. Once the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, it was supposed to release the 3 million slaves in bondage.
|Great graphics showing the two generals|
There is much in the DVD about the 800,000 slaves who were in the four border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware. They speak of the 200,000 African-American enlisted in the army, with amazing black and white photos. Also, the families who had to hide in caves while 23,000 Confederate and 32,000 Union troops battled it out in Vicksburg. It follows real people, like Joshua Calloway (see the book below), a teacher, husband and father, who didn't own slaves, who went to fight for the Confederate Army and lost his life there. He wrote copious letters home, all this before such letters were thought to be censored. Also, they tell us that 25% of the Union troops were immigrants.
|General Grant hangs on our wall!|
We fetched it from Seattle.
We buy a lot of DVDs from AcornOnline.com. Some of our faves include many mysteries: Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War, Vera, Cadfael, Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis.
There will be more information at Civil War: The Untold Story, including a teacher's guide.
The DVD 2-Disc set includes five episodes, plus rare archival footage from the 50-year anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg (14 min.), and 12-page viewer’s guide (276 min., plus bonus, $49.99, AcornOnline.com).
There are lots of resources I have never even heard of. We do have a wonderful print of a photo of General Grant.
was published in 1864.