Memory & Commemoration

These lesson plans focus on documents that show how generations after the Civil War remember and commemorated those events. They help students understand how commemorations can often reveal more about the person remembering than the event itself. There are also documents in this section that focus on wartime or Reconstruction-era events that can help us understand more about historical remembrance and "mis-rememberance."

Lesson Plans

Grade 4

Grade 8

High School

Further Reading

For further reading, see The Mississippi Encyclopedia for related entries, including: "Civil War Commemorations," "Civil War Monuments," "Civil War Centennial," "United Confederate Veterans," "United Daughters of the Confederacy," "Free State of Jones" and "Myths and Representations."


Al Wheat is a seven-year classroom educator in Mississippi Public Schools. Al now serves as Director of Education for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.