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Time Change for Today's Corling's Corner Program
The time for today's (June 14) Corling's Corner event has been changed from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This program focuses on the slave trade in Petersburg and occurs at the corner of Sycamore and Bank Streets.
Portrait of a Soldier: Pre-Visit
Will write an editorial to a local paper explaining why each of these three participants wanted to fight in the war.
Will find justification for the reasons the soldiers were fighting in the war in the words of the Declaration of Independence.
Copies of the Declaration of Independence
Where did these soldiers come from?
What were there lives like before the war?
What motivated them to keep fighting even as the war dragged on, evident in the nine-and-a-half months of fighting at Petersburg?
Involvement of the Learners:
Transition to Explanation:
Have volunteers share their picture with the class and discuss the lifestyle of a particular soldier before the war. A discussion of the pictures will help students understand the sectional differences still developing in the country in the 1850s and early 1860s.
Following the discussion, students will a brief editorial to a local newspaper in 1861, pretending that they are a southern farmer, a slave working on a plantation, or a factory worker from the north. In this editorial, the student will explain why he/she is willing to fight for his way of life if a civil war should begin.
What do these words mean to a Confederate Soldier? A Union Soldier? A United States Colored Troop fighting in the Union Army?
Did You Know?
Richard Eppes, owner of Appomattox Plantation, which is currently part of the Grant's HQ Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, noted that it took 8,320 pounds of bacon each year to feed his 127 enslaved people in 1860.