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Famous Leaders During the Civil War

SWBAT Identify 5 major leaders during the Civil War and explain why they are famous.

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Name of the Civil War Leader What side was this person on?(Union or Confederate?) Draw an image to represent the Character Key Points:




























Famous Leaders of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln:Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. He was in the Republican Party. Lincoln and the Republican Party were against slavery and they wanted it to become illegal. They wanted to see slavery end everywhere including the South.  Lincoln was the President of the United States during the Civil War. He signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation was the law signed by Abraham Lincoln that ended slavery. He was also a very important person because he inspired a lot of the troops in the Union (North).  His most famous speech was the “Gettysburg Address.” In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln honored those soldiers that died at the Battle of Gettysburg. John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln on April 15, 1865. However, Lincoln is still remembered as one of the most important Presidents of all time because he freed the slaves in the United States.  Jefferson Davis:Jefferson Davis was the President was the President of the Confederate States of the South from 1861 to 1865. He was the President of the South for the entire Civil War. He believed that the South should be its own country and independent from the United States. He also believed that slavery should remain in the South. He wanted to give the states in the South more power than the central government in the South. Before he was President of the Confederate States of the South, Davis was a Senator from Mississippi. He was also in the army during the Mexican – American War. 
Robert E. Lee:
Robert E. Lee was the best-known General of the Confederate Army (the South).  He fought in the Civil War. The most famous battle that he fought in was the Battle of Gettysburg. Although he and the Confederate Army (the South) lost the battle to the Union Army (the North), Lee is still looked at as the best general that the Confederate Army had. Besides leading the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lee also signed the treaty at the Appomattox Courthouse. This treaty ended the Civil War.The Union army (the North) beat the Confederate army (the South) and won the Civil War. He signed the treaty on April 9, 1865.  
Ulysses S. Grant:
Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous general of the Union Army (the North) during the Civil War (1861 – 1865). He was the general-in-chief of the Union Army. The most famous battle that he fought in was the Battle of Vicksburg. He helped the Union Army (North) beat the Confederate Army (South) and take Mississippi over from the Confederate Army. He was also at the Appomattox Courthouse when Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of the South surrendered to the North on April 9, 1865. After the war, he was elected the President of the United States in 1868. 
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson:Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a Confederate general during the Civil War (1861 – 1865). He was considered to have one of the best army minds of all time. He was a big part of Confederate victories at the Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. He was really good at tricking the Union troops and beating them in battles. On May 2, 1863, he was shot in battle. He survived the battle. However, he lost one of his arms, and he eventually died eight days later of Pneumonia. When he died, the South lost their best general. His death hurt the Confederate Army because they were not able to win battles as easily without him commanding and telling the Confederate Army what to do. Questions to consider When writing down key points, look for major events that the character was involved in.
When you finished,  try to connect all the characters and explain how they are all related.


1 Comment

  1. Jaquan Brown says:

    This is fun and a good way to learn about the civil war.

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