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"Comfortable Camps?" Archeology of the Confederate Guard Camp at the Florence Stockade

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for “The Stockade” and “Florence National Cemetery,” part of the “Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS;" and on archival and archeological research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (NCA), conducted by archeologists with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. (MACTEC).

Objectives for students 
1) To describe the equipment and supplies available to the guards at the Florence Stockade and the conditions they experienced in their camp. 
2) To compare and contrast conditions for the prisoners inside the stockade with those of the guards outside its walls. 
3) To describe the archeological methods used to investigate the campground. 
4) To discuss how archeological data influences the historical record. 
5) To compare the experience of women in the Civil War to women who have served in more recent wars.

A Mathematical Model of Geological Fracture Zones

Students will be able to analyze data in a rose plot and determine preferred orientations.

A Mathematical Model of Native American Population Distribution

Students will be able to interpret census data to statistically describe population trends.

A Mathematical Model of the Blue Ridge Landscape

Students will be able to construct an algebraic profile of slope from a topographic map.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This activity is designed to accompany Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007. Students have the opportunity to analyze historical photographs associated with Black Americans who served in Congress and with the history of civil rights in the United States. Students are encouraged to think more about the role historical photographs can play in the study of past events and people.

A Pirate’s Life

Students will be able to explain customs and codes of conduct on board a pirate ship.

A Pirate’s Life for Me

Students will be able to communicate what life on a pirate ship was probably like.

A Quick Survey of South Carolina Pirates

Students will be able to name some famous local pirates and summarize their exploits in and around South Carolina.

A Treasure Hunt

Students will be able to communicate map directions through written instructions.


Students will learn: 1) what an adaptation is; and 2) to research a specific mollusk.