The Great Chase... Untold Stories of The Civil War

Southern museum of civil war & Locomotive history & Kennesaw Mountain national battlefield

The Civil War is one of America's darkest and most history rich eras.  Whether you are studying 4th grade American History or 8th grade Georgia Studies, this Civil War trip is a great way to deepen the connections for your students!

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

The day starts at The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, for a deep investigation into the causes and consequences of our divided nation during the Civil War.  Your students will experience galleries of original weapons, civilian items, uniforms, and much more as they learn about the life of a Civil War soldier.  They will even have the chance to witness a live musket demonstration - weather permitting.  Your morning concludes with a 30 minute "Choose Your Own Adventure" in which students take the sides of a band of Union spys or a Confederate train conductor as they relive a real train chase often called "The Great Chase".  This is a highly engaging museum, and one that will deepen your students' understanding of the Civil War!


You have various lunch options to choose from in Kennesaw.  For younger students, a picnic lunch with Chick-Fil-A or Firehouse Subs works great.  Middle school students may benefit from eating on the campus of Kennesaw State Unversity, as it may give them a glimpse into the experience college students receive!

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield

After lunch, your students will have the chance to travel to one of the most important battlegrounds in Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.  While at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, your students will be given the opportunity for an enriching study into the program of your choice (life as a Civil War soldier, hygiene during the Civil War, or life as a child during the Civil War).  They will also have time for a self-guided tour of the Museum before departing for home.