# Learning the dates of the American Civil War – Method 1

Learning the dates of the American Civil War is easier when you already know the Mammoth Memory Number System. It’s a really old, tried and trusted system, originally developed by scientists in the 1600s!

All you have to remember to recall that the war started in 1861 is:

1. Ignore the 1 at the start, because we know the millennium in which the war took place

2. Remember that:

8 is f

6 is sh

1 is d

NOTE: All vowels are ignored – see Mammoth Memory, Number to a Noun

So the word

fished

Represents 1861 – it’s that easy.

3. Now we must connect “fished” to the American Civil War:

Before the war they FiSHeD (the American Civil War started in 1861).

4. Now we have to remember that the war continued for four years. In Mammoth Memory, Number to a Noun the number four can be represented by:

4 = ROW

Now connect row (an argument or angry disagreement)  to the American Civil War:

Then there was a ROW for four years.

Now you can work out that the American Civil War finished in 1865.