Fort Sumter: April 12, 1861

What was it like to be on the receiving end of Confederate shells in Fort Sumter? Learners get a sense of what the bombardment that began the Civil War on April 12, 1861 was like in this video resource. Resource includes footage of historical pictures of Fort Sumter. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the clip and a writing prompt to ask individuals to reflect on what it must have been like to be at the engagement
  • Offer the video during instruction on Fort Sumter
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is third is a series of seven about Fort Sumter
Pros
  • Video helps learners see the battle unfold
  • Clip is curated to allow for a variety of classroom uses
Cons
  • Speakers are not labeled, making it difficult to judge the reliability of information