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The Civil War, Vol. 1 (Chester Comix with Content)

Bentley Boyd (Author)

Reading Level: Ages 8 and up

Availability: In stock



Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: Chester Comix

Language: English

ISBN: 1933122056

Shipping Weight: 4 ounces

Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 x .2 inches


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The fight that split the United States begins! Chester the Crab traces the way states seceded from the Union, shows the attack on Fort Sumter that began the fighting, witnesses Stonewall Jackson’s victory at the First Battle of Manassas and steers through the Battle of the Ironclads in Virginia and the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.

You'll learn about the Civil War in this colorful graphic novel that will excite young readers, prepare students for further learning about history, and give kids insight into current events.

For decades the arguments about slavery have been growing louder between people who live in the Northern states and people who live in the Southern states. Northerners believe slavery should be abolished for moral reasons. Southerners feel the end of slavery will destroy their region’s rural economy. Many in the South think the election of Northerner Abraham Lincoln to be President of the United States will be a serious blow to their way of life. But what will they do about it?

-Who were the Southern planters?
-How did the South’s secession begin?
-What were the first Confederate states?
-Which Southern states tried peace?
-Why was Fort Sumter important in 1861?
-Which way did Western Virginia go?

United States President Abraham Lincoln is determined to preserve the Union by force if necessary. It appears that is what it will take. Early on, both sides try to capture the others’ capital city. That makes the Virginia landscape between Richmond and Washington, D.C., into the battleground. Black and white non-soldiers quickly get caught in the middle.

-Who won the first Civil War battle?
-Who was in the “contraband?”
-Who burned Hampton in the Civil War?
-When was the first attack on Richmond?

Chapter 3: Iron Giants
United States President Abraham Lincoln uses the large Union navy to blockade Southern ports from receiving supplies from Europe. The Confederacy must break through this barrier of wooden warships. Would an iron ship work?

-Which Civil War Navy was bigger?
-How did the South make the Virginia?
-Who built the North’s ironclad?
-What ships did the Virginia sink?
-Who won the Battle of the Ironclads?

Chapter 4: Terrible Antietam
Confederate General Robert E. Lee believes he can put pressure on the Union capital of Washington, D.C., by crossing to the north side of the Potomac River. Plus, an invasion of Maryland may make people there who support the Southern cause feel bold enough to secede from the Union. Lee can put the war permanently on Northern soil. But what is that piece of paper lying there in the grass?

-Why was there a battle at Antietam?
-What did Jeb Stuart tell Lee in Maryland?
-How did the Battle of Antietam start?
-Who won Antietam Creek’s bridge?
-Who was emancipated after Antietam?

About Chester Comix:
The Comix with Content Series follows the adventures of a lovable Chesapeake blue crab named Chester as he learns about history and economics. Each comic book in the series is broken down into 4 related stories. Watch as your kids build a framework of history in their memories through this highly visual and engaging approach.