This activity works well as an introduction to learning about the Civil War. It sets the stage for student understanding of why the war was fought, the objectives and strategies of both sides, and the sectional differences that augmented the debate over the direction of the country. Students will view three video clips from The Civil War: A House Divided, Secessionitis, and A Thousand Mile Front. Then, students will analyze a map of the Union’s “Grand Strategy” to defeat the Confederacy. Student questions provided here can be used for general class discussion or individual assessment. Answers to the questions are included.