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Further Reading

Alexander, Ted. "McCausland's Raid and the Burning of Chambersburg." Blue and Gray Magazine :11 (August 1994): 10-18, 46-64.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative. New York, NY: Vintage Books, USA, 1986.

Excellent account of the Civil War written by historian Shelby Foote.

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Southern Revenge! Civil War History of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Shippensburg, Pa: White Mane Publishing Company, 1989.

Includes a lengthy chapter on Chambersburg during the 1863 invasion.

Hasselberger, Fritz. Confederate Retaliation, McCausland's 1864 Raid. Shippensburg, Pa: Burd Street Press, 2000.

Herbert, Janis. The Civil War for Kids: A History With 21 Activities. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1999.

This interactive book is a wonderful resource for students. Written at a 4-8 grade reading level, students learn about the Civil War and its leaders in more detail from the clear writing, informative side-bars, and historic drawings, maps, and photographs. In addition they have the opportunity to participate in activities such as making a coffee can drum, creating a code, or baking a recipe of the day.

Web Sites

This is a well-written article published in August 1973 by Liva Baker on the Burning of Chambersburg. An excellent account of the burning featuring the perspective of Colonel William Peters, a Confederate soldier who refused to obey his orders from McCausland.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Library of Congress: American Memory

American Memory of the Library of Congress holds a large digital collection of primary sources on the Civil War, from music and written documents to photographs and maps.

The Valley of Shadow: Two Communities in the Civil War

This website is a project which is part of the Virginia Center of Digital History at the University of Virginia. It was an excellent source for this project. It provides a variety of wonderful primary sources from Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction. Examples of primary sources available include newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, maps, census material, etc. The site includes a map for ease of navigation.

Virginia Military Institute Archives: Civil War Resources

In order for students to get a better understanding of the southern experience of General Hunter's raids, the lesson used two primary documents from this archive's Civil War collection. The first was a letter written by Fannie Wilson (16 yrs. old) to her father describing in detail her experience of Hunter's raid on Lexington. The second was a letter a Union soldier, Sidney Marlin, wrote to his wife regarding the burning of Virginia Military Institute.

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