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Daily life


When the American Civil War began in April of 1860, no one could have predicted what would happen. Men marched off to war in their crisp uniforms and colorful flags, while the people at home believed it would be over in a few months. The Civil War lasted four years, and during that time, American strength was tested. Whether it was a soldier on the battlefield, or a relative at home, everyone was affected by this brutal war.

Brother against Brother, Family against Family

Union Army

Confederate Army

Total War



Women During the War

African-Americans during the war

The story

1. A Nation Divided

2. Events and Battles

3. Leaders

4. Daily Life

5. Aftermath


North or South?

Match the abolitionist

What would you do?

Name that leader

Study the artifact

Be a columnist

Interactive map


SOL Civil War key word index