Civil War Letter Worksheet

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4th - 10th
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This Civil War Primary Source Letter Worksheet features an amazing, moving letter from Union officer Sullivan Ballou was written a week before he died at the Battle of Bull Run. It was famously featured in Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War as an eloquent and touching ode to American values and the bonds of family.

After reading a slightly shortened version of the letter, students complete a set of analysis questions for which an answer key is included. Finally, students compose their own letter using a set of brief instructions that require them to demonstrate knowledge of the Civil War, battles, generals, and how life was for soldiers.

An answer key and editable Google Docs version of the activity are both included for your convenience!

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.


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