Civil War Battles in Texas


Texas History Civil War and Reconstruction Civil War Battles in Texas
Students learn about three Civil War battles that were fought in Texas—Battle of Galveston, Battle of Sabine Pass, and Battle of Palmito Ranch. They identify the dates of the events, the commanders in charge, and important details of each battle.

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In this experience, students learn about three Civil War battles that were fought in Texas—Battle of Galveston, Battle of Sabine Pass, and Battle of Palmito Ranch. They identify the dates of the events, the commanders in charge, and important details of each battle.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 through scene 4.

Objectives:

  • Identify the three major battles fought in Texas as the Battles of Galveston, Sabine Pass, and Palmito Ranch.
  • Identify important details about each of the battles, including dates, commanders in charge, and important facts.


The first battle of the Civil War was fought at Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12, 1861. There were over 5,000 battles fought throughout the war, which lasted for four years. The Union had over two million soldiers, compared to the Confederacy with only half as many soldiers. Over 600,000 soldiers died in the war, some in battles and accidents and others from starvation and disease. More soldiers died in the Civil War than have died in any other war in which the United States has been a part.​

Objectives:

  • Identify the three major battles fought in Texas as the Battles of Galveston, Sabine Pass, and Palmito Ranch.
  • Identify important details about each of the battles, including dates, commanders in charge, and important facts.




Texas Civil War Battlefields


Look at the map. What observations can you make about this map? If someone has already listed your observation, try to think of a different one.



Student answers may vary. Discuss with students the answers they provided.

Possible answers:

  • Very few battles (four) fought in Texas
  • Many battles fought in Louisiana and Georgia
  • More battles fought in the southern states than in the northern states


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