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Colonial - Soldiers Through Time Unit Study 5

Updated on November 6, 2014

Unit Studies with a Bang!

In module five of the Soldiers Through Time unit study students are taken to the time of American colonial soldiers. These were the soldiers of the Civil War and the American Revolution. Find out why these wars were fought, what the soldiers wore and how they communicated. Activities inspired by the information help put some fun into the learning!

Module 5: Colonial Soldiers

The French-Indian war had cost England a great deal of money and Parliament decided it was time for the Colonies to contribute. To raise money, the British put taxes on items such as sugar, newspapers and tea. The colonists believed that Britain had no right to tax them without their consent. Since the colonists did not have a vote in the British Parliament they believed that *taxation without representation* was not acceptable. Britain sent soldiers to Boston to enforce the taxes and make people buy the products.On March 5, 1770 a scuffle between soldiers and colonists turned deadly when the British soldiers fired into a crowd. This became the first step towards American Revolution.

Did You Know?

After he French and Indian War (1754-1763) the British gained control over much of North America, which included at that time Upper and Lower Canada and the original 13 colonies of the United States.

Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.

Download the entire unit study and read the entire poem and then see what facts you can determine from it!

Did You Know?

Paul Revere was not the one who hung the lanterns to mark how the British were attacking.

Colonial Weapons

The soldiers in the Colonial Era used several different kinds of weapons. The British "Brown Bess" and the French "Charleyville were the main weapons used from the 1730s until the end of the American Revolution.

Download the entire unit study and find out about the blunderbuss..

Did you Know?

Cannons were also used during the American Revolution and at close range, could destroy an entire company.

The American Civil War

The Declaration of Independence says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." However, this was not the case for men who were slaves. Not all of the States agreed with slavery and as each new state joined the Union the debate about slavery was fought.

Download the entire unit study to find out what happened when Abraham Lincoln, who was against slavery, won the election in November 1860 making him president of the Union.

Did You Know?

The American civil war waged between the Confederate states (Southerners) and the Union States (Yankees).

Communication and Codes

In 1844 Samuel Morse created a way to send coded messages from one location to another using an electromagnetic current with the telegraph. Another form of communication on the battlefield was wig-wag.

Download the entire unit study and do some decoding yourself!

Did You Know?

Before morse code and the telegraph, messages could take days to receive because they had to travel by messenger.

On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This policy would allow freedom for the slaves of America. On April 18, 1865, the Civil War ended with the surrender of the Confederate army.

Download the entire unit study to find out what The Thirteenth Amendment did for the country.

Did You Know?

President Lincoln did not see the end of the war. He was assassinated 3 days before the war officially ended.

Try it Yourself

You can download the full module for Colonial Soldiers by visiting our website. And what's more, you can get the other modules too and travel through time with the soldiers. From Romans to World War II this unit study encourages learning geography, history, english, math art and more, with a little fun thrown in!

For the complete unit study message us through hedremp at yahoo dot ca

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      OK ... I grabbed this one for the History Pavillon as well ... so sue me .... LOL