Activity 1: The Turning Points: Gettysburg and Vicksburg
Student Name ___________________________________________________ Date ________________
Directions: Your group has been chosen to create a travel brochure for either Gettysburg or Vicksburg
(depending on which one your teacher has assigned you). This promotional guide should answer the
questions below, be visually attractive (with several pictures) and explain why your battle was the
turning point of the Civil War. Each group’s brochure should be, at the minimum, a one page paper tri-
folded into a brochure format.
To help prepare for your presentation, answer the following questions by using the appropriate site for
The Story of the Battle of Gettysburg: http://www.nps.gov/gett/getttour/main-ms.htm
The Campaign for Vicksburg: http://www.nps.gov/vick/vcmpgn/vcmpgn.htm
What were each side’s
objectives going into the battle?
Who were the commanders on
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What were the most noteworthy
features of the battle?
What factors enabled the North
What factors hindered the
How did the result of this battle
contribute to the overall victory
of the Union in the Civil War?
How might the course of the
war have been different if the
Confederates had won this
Once you completed your brochure, your group must make a 3-5 minute presentation in which you
showcase the facts about your battle and your argument for why it was the most important in
determining the outcome of the Civil War.
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