The Civil War Divides a Border State

Students listen to the history of Mill Springs National Cemetery during a field trip to the battlefield. Students listen to the history of Mill Springs National Cemetery during a field trip to the battlefield.

Explore the Civil War through this locally written, curriculum-based lesson


The Civil War Divides a Border StateIn The Battle of Mill Springs: The Civil War Divides a Border State, a lesson produced by Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum, students in fifth through 12th grades are introduced to the complexities of the Civil War and how crucial the state of Kentucky was to both sides in determining the outcome. Kentucky was the gateway to the Confederacy's strongholds in the interior South, especially in Tennessee. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky."

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file on the "Mill Springs Battlefield" and other historical documents, and follows curriculum standards. It was made possible by the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program. The lesson was written by William P. Turpen, a member of the board of directors, and Ronald Nicholas, former administrator for the Mill Springs Battlefield Association Inc. Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service.

 

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