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Pillars of Character: Robert E. Lee

How much do you know about Robert E. Lee? This engaging activity and coloring sheet will help you discover some fun facts about his life, his family, and more. Older students may use this as a research activity – a perfect starting point for creating an oral or written report. Younger students will enjoy coloring the picture and may want ...

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The Real Robert E. Lee – Part 2

For Part 1 in this fascinating series, click here. Lee’s exemplary record at West Point was the stuff of legend. One of Robert’s maxims was that “obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.” He worked hard at his studies and finished second in his class academically and took top honors in artillery and tactics. He did not ...

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Civil War Food: Johnnycake

Johnnycakes (or, johnny cakes) are a famous food from the Civil War era. They were especially famous among soldiers in the south. They are pancake-like cornmeal flatbreads that are recognized by many other regional names as well: corn cake, hoe cake, mush bread, Shawnee cake, jonakin, and more. The origin of their name is a real mystery. Most historians believe ...

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Civil War Food: Make Your Own Hardtack

During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the fight were given rations (pre-measured portions) of food. Examples of rations included: flour, salt, potatoes, cornmeal, beans, sugar, coffee, and dried or cured beef. Union soldiers had more access to some of these rations than Confederate soldiers. This was because food supplies were often limited in the South, due to ...

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