Traveling Trunks-designed for grades 4-6
What would it be like to be a soldier in the Civil War? What would it be like to leave your family behind to fight for a cause? What would you take with you? How did African-Americans respond when the United States Army began recruiting them to fight? All of these questions and more will be answered when you check out our traveling trunks for use in your classroom.
The traveling trunks include curriculum-based lesson plans, DVD's CD's, worksheets, maps, uniforms, accoutrements, and timelines. The trunks explore the military experience of three different soldiers during the American Civil War, including a Confederate, a Union, and a United States Colored Troop (USCT). Students gain a greater understanding of why individuals chose to leave their families and homes to fight in the Civil War. They will also explore how the soldiers lived and fought, and how they felt about their experiences. The trunks are designed for students in grades 4th - 6th.
Please contact the education specialist, Leslie McClammy at Petersburg National Battlefield at (804) 732-3531 ext. 204 if you are interested in checking out a traveling trunk. Trunks are available to local schools for a period of 2 weeks. They are available free of charge, though the school is responsible for picking them up or paying postage costs.
The following trunks are available. For more detailed information on each trunk, see our 2012 Educator Guide.
Union Soldier Trunk
We also have the ability to custom design a trunk for you needs. Items available for inclusion in a custom trunk can be found by clicking the inventory link. Every effort will be made to have all items available for every teacher, but items are on a first come, first serve basis and the sooner you get your request in, the better!
Did You Know?
Union Brevet Brigadier General Frederick Winthrop was Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop's sixth great-grandson. Winthrop was mortally wounded at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865.
(Petersburg National Battlefield)