Abraham Lincoln and Civil War connections are all around North Dakota. Some ideas for a field trip include:

  • Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862 which gave thousands of people land. All property in North Dakota has a history. In your local county, who was the first person to acquire property?

  • Visit your local courthouse; schedule a presentation with the office of the Register of Deeds. Ask that person to explain to your students the duties and responsibilities of the Register of Deeds.

  • Assign the students a 50 word essay on the Register of Deeds, and their role in local and state government.

  • Visit your local cemetery. Veterans of the Civil War came to our state and became founders of towns, farms, and political institutions. Many of their graves are marked with federal tombstones. Union veterans joined the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and their wives joined the WRC (Women’s Relief Corp). Confederate veterans joined the UCV (United Confederate Veterans).

  • Visit a State Historic Site associated with the Civil War campaigns in Dakota. Information can be found by using this drop-down list: