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Contact Information
Andrea Warren
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (913) 722-2343
Program Title
What Children Experienced in the Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg by Andrea Warren
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
  based on 3 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners ESL Public Library: Library Patrons Nursing Homes
Maximum Number of Participants
No maximum.
Minimum Number of Participants
No minimum.
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving
Program Description
The summer of 1863, General Ulysses Grant starved and shelled the Mississippi River city of Vicksburg into submission, finally opening the river to Northern ships and assuring the defeat of the South. The siege lasted 47 days. Vicksburg's 5,000 civilians included an estimated 1,000 children, black and white, rich and poor, slave and free, who suffered every bit as much as the adults. Using her award-winning book, Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg, as the basis of her presentation, Andrea Warren brings Vicksburg and its famous siege to life, introducing students to three brave children who were there. They include two young people inside the town, and Ulysses Grant's 12-year-old son, who was with his father. Warren also looks at the war's impact on children throughout the North and South who had to hold down family farms, homes, and businesses when their brothers and fathers went to war. She includes information about the drummer boys and teenage soldiers who participated in the war, and explains how the North's invasion of the South wreaked havoc on families and forced children to take on adult responsibilities. More information is at her website, can e-mail her at
Program Format
1. The author will explain why Vicksburg was so strategic to the war and how Grant conducted his siege.
2. The author will introduce the three young people who are the central characters in her book and explain what happened to each of them.
2. The author will relate what life was like during the Civil War for children and teens,and for boys under age 18 who enlisted. She will emphasize that many young people faced grave danger and deprivation during the war.
4. The author will illustrate her comments with photos of young people in the Civil War.
5. The author will leave time for a question and answer session.
--To emphasize the critical roles young people have played in war--and thus, in history.
--To teach students about the 47-day siege of Vicksburg, which was one of the key events of the Civil War and one of the longest sieges on American soil.
--To engage students in the study of history by connecting them with young people their age who were eye witnesses to the Civil War.
--To help students learn the price paid in war by civilians.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
US History/The History of the United States; US History/The History of People of Many Cultures Around the World; English/Reading for Understanding.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
This program is appropriate for grades four and up. The author adjusts it for each learning level.
Program Length
45-60 minutes
Program Cost
Interactive: $300.00
Interactive Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
The fee is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.
Cancellation Policy
No charge for programs canceled due to such events as snow days. Unless rescheduled, a $100 "kill" fee will be charged when programs are canceled with less than 48 hours notice.
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