"For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security."

-Thomas Jefferson

Welcome! This site is intended not just for my students and their parents but also for the Clymer community who is interested in what is taking place within this classroom. I am currently using this website for my Civil War class.

I have been here at CCS since 2002 and I have really enjoyed my time here. I am very proud to be an American and to be able to teach our great history to young people is a blessing. America is the greatest nation in the world and in this classroom we do not apologize for it but celebrate it. It is also our responsibility to ensure that America continues its great tradition of leadership.

If you choose to take part in my blogs I expect that you will conduct yourself properly and respectfully. All opinions are welcome as long as they are developed with thoughtfulness and are appropriate for the topic at hand.

Enjoy and thank you for visiting.


Mr. Bodamer

11th Grade Webquest:  PowerPoint File.

American Civil War:

Without a doubt the American Civil War is my favorite time period of American History.

This is an elective class that I have been developing through my years here at CCS. In 2008 I earned a Masters Degree from the American Military University in Charles Town, WV in the American Civil War. I have been involved in reenacting and living history presentations. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to teach this specific course.

Years ago I was involved with the 72nd NY, Co. B. That group was located in Frewsburg, NY but disbanded as individuals moved across the country. We have restarted and moved the group here to Clymer. We will also be incorporating the 112th NY which many men from this area were a part of. If you would be interested in what we are doing please contact me through the email address provided on this website for initial contact.

This class studies the political, social, and of course military aspects of America in the late 1850's and through the 1860's. We look at a wide variety of topics within those aspects and of course spend a lot of our time learning the major battles and the command decisions that were made. We also make a yearly trip to Gettysburg, PA to study the battle in a "hands-on" format. This is a great experience for all involved.

If you enjoy studying military history then you should consider this class as one of your elective options.

Related Files:

Pre War Test Review

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Vocabulary 1

Civil War Preservation Trust

This organization is dedicated to the preservation of civil war battlefields.


American Civil War - Trip

  • From June 2-5, 2016, the American Civil War class will be taking its annual trip to Gettysburg National Battlefield in Gettysburg, PA


  • Campaigns of the Civil War

    by Walter GreerYear Published:AverageThis book provides detailed descriptions of the major battles. You will also read a very good account of the tactical and strategic decisions that lead to the outcomes of the battles.

  • Drawn With The Sword

    by James M. McPhersonYear Published:Average

  • The American Iliad

    by Charles P. RolandYear Published:Average

  • by Michael F. HoltYear Published:Challenging

    The Political Crisis of the 1850's