Today is the 145th anniversary of the ending of the American Civil War. Here’s the description from

Apr 9, 1865. At 1:30 pm General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, VA. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and sidearms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender.

I thought this might be a good opportunity for another “The Best…” list.

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Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About the American Civil War (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

To start-off with, I’m going to direct you to my United States History Classes blog. You can find my entire year’s curriculum there, though here are links to the lessons specifically about the Civil War:

In addition to the multiple activities and links in those posts, here are a few more resources:

How Stuff Works has countless short online videos about the Civil War.

The History Channel has a similar video collection.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Interactive Civil War

EL Civics on The Civil War.

“The Price Of Freedom: Americans At War” is a Smithsonian multimedia interactive on each war in United States’ history. Videos (with transcript), images and text are included.

A Civil War Interactive Timeline from The New York Times

The Civil War is from Mr. Nussbaum

Faces of The Civil War is a Washington Post slideshow

African-Americans And The Civil War is a slideshow from NPR.

Civil War 150 is from the History Channel.

The Civil War is from Shmoop.

Photo Essay: The Civil War: Between the Battles is from the PBS News Hour.

Resources | Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War comes from The New York Times Learning Network.

Blogging History: Interpreting Civil War-Era Primary Sources is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Civil War Timeline: Fury Unleashed is another interactive from The Post.

Slavery, Not States’ Rights, Caused Civil War Whose Political Effects Linger is from NPR.

Five myths about why the South seceded is from The Washington Post.

3-D ‘Motion Pictures’ From The Civil War is a series of really cool “animated” photos from the Civil War. You really should check them out.

Russel Tarr, who has created a ton of great online learning activities, has just unveiled another one — an interactive simulation of the American Civil War. It seems quite engaging, and I’ll try using it in my U.S. History class this year. Russel has also created an entire unit on the war.

To My Old Master is an amazing letter written by a former slave to his “owner.”

The Atlantic recently published three collections of Civil War photographs:

The Civil War, Part 1: The Places

The Civil War, Part 2: The People

The Civil War, Part 3: The Stereographs

The Civil War is quite an impressive interactive infographic on…the Civil War. It shows casualties, stories, and a whole lot more. And it’s a college student’s project.

Disunion: The Civil War is a multimedia collection from The New York Times.

Civil War 150 is a History Channel interactive.


The American civil war then and now interactive is from The Guardian.

2 maps that show the Civil War really was about slavery is from Vox.

Here’s a video from The National Parks Service.

President Trump & The Civil War

Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

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