Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
Brevet Brigadier General
Before becoming president, Andrew Johnson served as Military Governor of Tennessee during the Civil War. From 1862-1865 he reestablished a Union government in the state. His efforts resulted in a convention that revised the state constitution, voided secession, abolished slavery, and rejected the Confederacy. Shortly afterwards, Tennessee became the first state to rejoin the Union.
Lincoln and Johnson
Reuniting North and South
Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson were elected President and Vice-President in 1864.This previously unheard of combination-a Republican and Democrat running together on the same ticket-was called the National Union Party. It represented both the North and South and symbolically reunited the two sides of the country after the Civil War.
Earning the Medal of Honor
Did You Know?
Martha Johnson Patterson, Andrew Johnson's daughter, said their slave Sam would boast that he was Johnson's servant. "But in truth," she continued, "Andrew Johnson belonged to Sam." Andrew Johnson gave Sam land for a church and school for the freedmen of Greeneville, TN.