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This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about the first combat casualty of the Civil War. Elmer Ellsworth was good friends with Abraham Lincoln and was killed in combat while securing the city of Alexandria, Virginia for Union forces in May 1861.
This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is print off the primary source from the following website for classroom use or direct students to the website to answer the worksheet questions:
Students read the document and answer the questions on the worksheet. The worksheet includes 10 questions and has an answer sheet for the teacher. The worksheet can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify this assignment as needed for your classes.