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Contact us if you would like us to visit your school, a museum tour
if you would like assistance on Civil War curriculum planning.

Welcome to the Education Home Page of the Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library.    Please try all the following links throughout this Page to lean more about the Civil War and Rhode Island’s roll in it.    On this Page you can also find history links and information concerning a variety of other academic and historical resources.    Please contact us if you have any questions or if we can assist you further.

Scroll Down, to see our link to the Ken Burns PBS series 'The Civil War' version of the Sullivan Ballou letter on the "Jay Unger - Molly Mason" Website.
Also find out more about the music of the series on the Civil War, such as the most memorable, 'Ashokan Farewell', which you are hearing.

Contact Paul F. Cairrao paulm198@cox.net
For scheduling Museum Tours
"Visitors From The Past"
If you want to call us, call Paul at: (401) 253-5297
Rev. Raymond Ferrick at (401) 886-5341
You can also call and leave a message at the Sprague Mansion at:
(401) 944-9226
If we miss your call one of our staff will get back to you.
If you leave a message please let us know your phone number and e-mail address.


Gregory H. Payne
Education Committee Chairman
School Visitation Curator
"Visitors From The Past"
and parade coordinator
c/o 12 Tucker Hollow Road, North Scituate, Rhode Island, 02857
(401) 647-9698

Charles D. Blanchette
Education Committee – Curriculum Planning Curator
Coventry Social Sciences Teacher

Henry C. Duquette
Education Committee – Civil War Music Education Curator

Please Read Carefully:
All participants and staff are service volunteers of the museum’s Education Programs; "Visitors From The Past" School Visitation Program and “Museum Tour” Program.    They all perform their services gratis to support the museum as their contribution for museum operations.    All funds and donations generated through the programs of the museum are tax deductible.    The museum and its entities: (Battery A, the 1st RI Infantry, the 2nd RI Infantry Color Guard, Company D, the museum High School ROTC Program, the museum Tour Program and museum music program) all fall under the museum’s 501c3 non profit status and are legally registered in the State of Rhode Island and with the Internal Revenue as a single Public Service non profit organization and Institution.    All "Living History", "Visitors From The Past" and prescheduled museum tour guides perform their services in Civil War Period attire.

Our goal is to make history fun, informative and interesting.    Our participants are among the most knowledgable Living Historians in the State.    Our team of Education Committee Members consists of teachers, historians, re-enactors, artists and museum professionals who can help you decide on the program that best fits your need.    To schedule a school visitation you must first decide the extent of the school presentation you want (number of visitors, extent of historical display material, etc.).    Please keep in mind all our participants are volunteers and need to plan their personal work schedules around their participation in all museum programs.    You therefore need to give us enough advanced time to properly organize a school visitation team and the appropriate artifacts for your school.
NOTE: Unloaded authentic Civil War Period weapons are often a part of our living history presentations.    Our Visitors From The Past museum program requires written permission to bring all such material into schools.    Some of our participants also perform first and third person characterizations.    The RI GAR Civil War Museum must receive a written and signed authorization by the school principle.    The museum must receive this authorization in advance to each school visitation along with the agreed upon contribution to the museum for its services.    All contributions and fees must be made out to the RI GAR Civil War Museum, not in the name of the museum military unit or museum program.    Paul F. Cairrao and Gregory H. Payne can assist you with your needs and scheduling dates and times.

Our ROTC and music programs are new and not in full operation as yet, however you can contact Henry C. Duquette to discuss you needs and the program the museum is planning for 2009 and the near future.    If you are a teacher and would like our assistance and advice concerning Civil War education and curriculum planning you may want to contact Charles D. Blanchette and/or Gregg A. Mierka.    You may also want to click the following links:


RI MOLLUS (RI Civil War Officers) & "Rhode Island’s Own" Civil War History: Biographies & Personal Narratives (War Papers-eye witness accounts of their war experiences), several notable Rhode Islanders who served in the war, many who were also members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and who also published their writings after the war for MOLLUS through the R.I. Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society (today part of RI MOLLUS).    The series is a Wikapedia recommended resource.

Civil War History of the 1st Regiment RI Volunteer Infantry, RIM

Civil War History of the 2nd RI Volunteer Infantry, RIDM

Civil War History of Battery A, 1st Regiment RI Volunteer Light Artillery, (or the 2nd RI Light Artillery Battery RIDM)

History of civilian life during the Civil War (Pages Under Construction)

Historic Rhode Island Civil War Organizations We Support
Who Support The Museum and Its Programs:

RI State Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (RI MOLLUS)

RI Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Governors Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7

RI Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Governors Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No. 2 (The Ladies)

Battery C, 1st RI Light Artillery, RIM-RI Historic Commands

Governor Sprague Mansion, The Cranston Historical Society



The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum has developed this section to further assist teachers and students with the study of the Civil War.    This section is designed to assist Teachers in their classroom curriculum planning and it is an added resource for students.    Museum members involved with this project are themselves teachers, writers and Civil War scholars who are abreast of current trends in education.    Teachers interested in further advice on Civil War curriculum planning can contact our consultants by e-mailing our museum staff.

Members of the Following Assist the Museum With its Outreach Educational Programs
Outreach Programs Like
"Visitors From The Past"
Help Support the Museum

Click HERE to go to the Battery A, 1st RI Light Artillery Unit Assoc. Home Page.

Click HERE to go to the 1st R.I. Volunteer Infantry Unit Assoc. Home Page.

Click HERE to go to the Camp 7 Camp Guard Home Page.

The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic
Civil War Museum

The War Eagle The RI GAR Civil War Museum The War Eagle


  • Civil War Maps, Library of Congress Web Site

  • Vets Home Dot Com, Civil War History Page

  • The Civil War-101, A teacher's Guide to Civil War History Page

  • Teaching the Civil War with the Internet, Education Home Page

  • Teaching American History Civil War Document Library

  • The National Archives Digital Classroom Matthew Brady Images & other information Home Page

  • National Standards for Social Studies Teaching Home Page

  • National Standards for History Teaching Home Page

  • Butternut and Blue Book Publishers Civil War Resource Home Page

  • Broadfoot Book Publishing Company Civil War Resource Home Page

  • The History Channel Home Page

  • David McCullough Home Page

  • Another David McCullough Home Page

  • NPS Civil War History Guide, Edwin C. Bearss Visits the Averasboro Museum, Home Page.
    In 1996, RI SUVCW Dept. Commander Gregg Mierka, Blackstone Valley Tourism Director Robert Billington and NPS Ranger Chuck Arning brought Mr. Bearss to Rhode Island to speak about Rhode Island in the Civil War.

  • Ken Burns-Florentine Films Home Page


    News Reprots accurately reenacting importantant events of the
    American Civil War, 1861 to 1865

    In the links below you can "hear" what happened.    Below are broadcasts produced by the CBS Radio Network Program, "You Are There" ; a series of original broadcasts May 22, 1949, the same year as the last National Encampment (Meeting) of the "Grand Old Fellows In Blue", the Union Civil War Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).    The CBS series was acclaimed by the Grand Army of the Republic, the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans (SCV), as being an outstanding account of the events of the period.    These broadcasts are an excellent way to teach all Americans about the Civil War.    Listen to each of the following links to learn more.    Use this in your classroom as part of your teaching curriculum.    E-Mail us and let us know what you think.    Click the "back button" on your top tool bar at the conclusion of each program to return to this Page to hear each broadcast.

  • The Bombardment of Fort Sumter, "The Civil War Begins"
    SUVCW Audio History PageFtSumter

  • The Battle of Gettysburg, "Pickett's Charge"
    SUVCW Audio History PageMEADELEE

  • Stopping Pickett's Charge Calm Before The Storm

  • The Surrender of General Lee's Confederate Army at Appomattox
    SUVCW Audio History PageGRANTLEE

  • The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
    SUVCW Audio History PagePresLincoln

  • The Capture of John Wilks Booth
    SUVCW Audio History PageJWBooth

  • "Ole Pap"
    Click Any Photo To Learn About General George Sears Greene ~ Rhode Island's Own ~
    General Greene General Greene General Greene Greene In 1893

    Photos Above: Major General George Sears Greene
    Cousin of Major General Nathanael Greene (Rev-War)
    Oldest General (either side) of the Civil War
    Born: 1801 ~ Died: 1899
    And His Men, One & All, Loved Him Deeply

    Major General George Sears Greene is buried in Apponaug, Warwick Rhode Island.

  • For more information about Rhode Islanders in the Civil War look at; A Brief History of Rhode Island Generals, by Mark H. Dunkelman, Artist-Writer, member of RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp 7 and co-founder of the R.I. Civil War Roundtable with Tucker Shaddock, Gregg Mierka and Frank Cunnion.


    It was a true test of the American Character, permitting the country to become what it is today.    More than six hundred and twenty four thousand Americans died in the Civil War, at a time when America’s total population was only about 30 million, or one tenth of the total population today.    About one thousand seven hundred Rhode Islanders died in the war, 1861 to 1866.    Their names are inscribed on monuments and memorials in cities and towns throughout the State.    About 1 in 3 Rhode Island men joined to fight in the war (or about 23,000), at a time when the total population of the State was under 100,000.    About 26,000 Civil War Veterans are buried in Rhode Island, because after the war about 3,000 moved to the State from other locations.    Women worked in factories and mills on the home front and formed societies to support the war effort.    Rhode Island formed the country’s “first” all African American unit of "free born" soldiers, called the 14th R.I. Volunteer Heavy Artillery.    Men of all religious and ethnic backgrounds as well as new immigrants joined to fight in the war: Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths; European Americans, (Italian Americans, Irish Americans, French Americans, German Americans, Hispanic Americans, Portuguese Americans, Scandinavian Americans, Polish & Eastern European Americans), as well as Native Americans and African Americans.    The average age of men who fought in the war was 18, same as today.    The average height of American Servicemen during the Civil War was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and their average weight was about 130 pounds.    The Civil War was America's first "total war", costing the country millions, or the greatest percentage of America’s gross national product that any other war in our history.    It involved as many of the cultures within our society that exist in America today.    It was a struggle to affirm principal, not war of conquest or to gain wealth.    In fact the Civil War nearly bankrupted and destroyed the nation.    It was fought to re-enforce the United States Constitution set forth by the Founding Fathers, to guarantee equal rights for all American citizens, and to ensure America would be one nation, undivided and inseparable for all time.    All American Citizens, young and old, should possess and higher appreciation and a far greater sense of understanding about their Civil War Period History and the people who lived it.—G. Mierka, 2009 President RI GAR Civil War Museum & Library, inc.



    The R.I. GAR Civil War Museum, Library & Research Center is being developed for educational purposes.    The R.I. GAR Civil War Museum, Library & Research Center in Cranston at 762 Dyer Avenue.    The museum's "Visitors From The Past" living history program is an outreach program for Rhode Island Schools to help teach Civil War History and assist teachers.    Our members appear in period cloths and uniforms with a wide variety of display items.    Displays may range from full encampments with tents to classroom presentations.    The museum is working with the Cranston Historical Society and the Governor Sprague Mansion Museum to house important records and collections in its new facility at the Old Sprague Mansion Carriage House.    It plans to make all its resources available to the people of Rhode Island more and more in the near future.    You may want to look at the RI MOLLUS Information Center Webpage for more information, by clicking HERE and the RI MOLLUS Internet Civil War Educational series "Rhode Island’s Own", HERE .    You may want to look at the RI SUVCW Governors Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7 links page for more history and information concerning general research and genealogy assistance.    Click HERE to see our "Links Page Index" for more of our links to historical sites.




  • Teaching The Civil War Era Gettysburg College Refference Home Page.

  • Click here to get the Ken Burns PBS "The Civil War", version of the Major Sullivan Ballou (of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry) letter home to his wife Sarah, written just before the First Battle of Bull Run.

  • Click here to get the National MOLLUS "Civil War Papers", personal narritives by Civil War Veteran and their experiences during the war (See Also Rhode Island's Own) Rhode Islanders in the Civil War.

  • History of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Veterans Association Home Page.

  • The Civil War.Com Home Page.    Important facts and summary of the Civil War, 1861 to 1865.

  • Don Troiani's Civil War Art Home Page.    One of America's top Civil War artists.

  • Mort Kunstler Civil War Art Gallery Home Page.    One of America's top Civil War artists.

  • History of Kady Brownell & Vivandieres Home Page.    Rhode Island's famous Daughter of the Regiment.

  • History: Learning Games, For Kids and Audults Educational Home Page.    Great ways to teach young children about the Civil War.

  • The Andersonville Prison, National POW Historic Site, the Wirz Trial and Related Links Pages.

  • The Florence POW, A Historic Site Home Page.

  • The Camp Chase Civil War Prison, A Historic Site & History Home Page.

  • The Elmira New York Prison Camp, A Historic Site & History Home Page.    Elmira is the last place where "Mark Twain" lived and wrote some of his greatest novels.    Elmira is also where Mark Twain is burried.

  • History of the Iron Brigade Home Page.    "Those men fight like they are made of iron".    The 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac, Grand Federal Union Army in Defense of the Republic.

  • Gettysburg Battlefied National Park Services Home Page.

  • United States Sanitary Commission Home Page.    The Home Front in the field supporting our troops.

  • The Civil War Outline.    This is a great Civil War research Page.

  • Civil War Period Organization & Drill, Battery A 1st Regiment R.I. Light Artillery Unit Assoc. School of the Piece Home Page.    Want to know how the artillery was trained and how it fought in the Civil War, click this link.

  • In 1867, the first two Commanders of the Rhode Island Department Grand Army of the Republic were:


    Rhode Island's Boy Governor William SpragueRhode Island's Major General Ambrose E. Burnside                      BURNSIDE & SPRAGUE

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    We wish to thank Keith G. Harrison, Past National SUVCW Commander-in-Chief and, current National SUVCW and MOLLUS Webmaster, as well as all the artists/musicians for the use of their music on all the pages in our site.   Viewers of this Internet Site may copy only the material designated with a mouse-over copy bar.
    Thanks also to Robert Hunt Rhodes for allowing us to use some of his material about his ancestor, Elisha Hunt Rhodes and to Ken Burns for featuring E.H. Rhodes and our State's Civil War History in his PBS series on The Civil War.   And a special thanks to Edwin Bearrs, Brian Pohanka, Jeff Shaara and Ron Maxwell for their support for Rhode Island Civil War History and raising the American conscience about the triumphs and tragidies of the Great War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865.

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