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Social Studies Online: Digital Literacy Connections to Civics and History
Social Studies Online: Digital Literacy Connections to Civics and History
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Social Studies Online: Digital Literacy Connections to Civics and History Activity: Civil War Uniforms

Instructions for Your Students

What's Going on Today

If you were a young man during the Civil War, what would have inspired you to join the army? The cause, the adventure, the pay? How about the uniform? Not all Union or Confederate soldiers wore the same uniforms. Their uniforms were designed by their local communities. Check out this example of a flashy Union (North) Zouave uniform, and think about the role that uniforms played recruiting men to fight in the Civil War. Would you have joined up if you could have had the chance to wear that?

Take this opportunity to research what your local National Guard uniforms look like and try to redesign them, just like community members did for their volunteers during the Civil War.

Instructions

When your instructor asks you to go to the websites below, open them in your browser.

DixieSCV. Click "Civil War Uniforms" on the left-hand menu to see some wild uniforms from the Union and Confederate armies.

Examples of Civil War Uniforms. More uniforms, these ones worn by modern Americans re-enacting Civil War battles: