The U.S. Civil War through the Eyes of Children

Jonathan Wall, History, Rocky River High

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This curriculum unit is intended to show the impact of children and adolescent teenagers on the American Civil War as well as how the war affected them. By studying their lives during this time of conflict in American History, students will gain a greater understanding of how war can transform the lives of ordinary people and how war affects the whole society; not just those on the battlefield. The intend of this unit is also to show connection between high school students of the ages 15-18 in 2019 to adolescents of the same age – or even younger – between 1861 and 1865. By reading from primary source documents, including the diaries and letters of children and adolescent youths during the Civil War, students will be able to compare and contrast their lives of today and the everyday struggles they face as opposed to the daily struggles of those during the Civil War.