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Being a history teacher in an elementary school, I found out what most students really hate about in history class discussions. Yes, we’re talking about the Civil War. Whenever I bring up the topic, some of my students would always feel sleepy, while others would feel drained. They would always cheer in unison every time they hear the bell ring because they can’t stand another minute listening to another Civil War figures, the most significant dates and all the other events that took place during that battle. So as much as possible, I try my best to make the boring class discussion livelier but I still have a lot to learn. That is why, in this blog section, I will also my best to make my blog readers feel interested first with some fun facts about the Civil War instead of having to delve deeper about all the gruesome details that happened in the bloodiest war in the history of America. Hopefully, this short trivia this will work out well.
How did it start? The Civil war started because of clashing beliefs between the free and slave states to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. The bloody four year war commenced and got triggered when the Confederate army open fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston bay and forced them to lower the American Flag.

Angel’s Glow: At sundown after the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, wounded soldiers noticed a faint blue light in their wounds as they waited on the muddy battlefield for two days until they were given medical attention. This bacterium which was discovered by teenage boys was known as the P. Luminescens which live inside tiny parasite worms that burrow into insect larvae in the soil or plants. These “good bacteria” thrived on the wounded soldier’s wounds during that cold rainy night and saved the men’s lives by killing the other dangerous germs that entered through their wounds.

The Multicultural Union Army. One out of every 10 soldiers who fought for the Union Army were immigrants, mostly African Americans. One third of their soldiers were either, Polish, French, Italians, Germans, and Scottish. This multinational collaboration turned the tide and led them victorious over the confederate armies.
Robert E. Lee was bloodier compared to General Ulysses S. Grant.

General Grant’s horrific losses during the Overland Campaign in 1864, cost him the title, “Butcher”. It was actually Gen. Lee’s army who suffered more casualties throughout the war that he relished. Although they won the key battles, these actually cost his army heavier casualties. His army at Northern Virginia was eventually dissolved during the Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg.

Fierce women in Hoop Skirts.
During the Civil war, many women became cool spies and relayed confidential information and secrets on either the Union or Confederate Armies. One of the great spies that emerged is a courageous woman named Harriet Tubman who successfully freed the slaves during the Civil War after starting a raid to support the cause of the union. Tubman was the only woman who freed 720 slaves in one single mission. She began teaching slave women livelihood skills that could earn them money. Hat’s off to this bold woman.

Article Submitted by Jodi with Auto Body Spokane