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Battle of Gettysburg
In the 1860s, Americans in one part of the country went to war against Americans in another part of the country. This type of war is called a civil war. The Civil War between the northern states and the southern states lasted four years, from 1861 to 1865. The war happened after decades of arguments between the North and the South. When the fighting started, it caused terrible destruction to the country, and over 800,000 people died. After the war was over, there were more arguments about how the war should be remembered. New Hampshire played a role in all of these events, and the Civil War had a big impact on people’s lives in the Granite State.

What Do We Want To Know?

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  • 1
    How did sectionalism threaten the United States?
  • 2
    How did the presidential election of 1860 divide the country?
  • 3
    What did New Hampshire soldiers experience during the Civil War?
  • 4
    How should we remember the Civil War in New Hampshire today?

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Discover how New Hampshire contributed to the Civil War.

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Unit Plan for Unit 10

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