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. 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.
Death of General Ramseur
Heartbreak on the Homegrown
Marking Lives of Service at Belle Grove
Enslaved people at Belle Grove performed many tasks including; farming, tending livestock, operating mills, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Others worked as servants in the main house. Upon death, some were buried behind the house in a slave cemetery with a simple rock, placed by their loved ones, marking the grave. How many slaves are buried here is unknown.
"Do all the damage...you can... we want the Shenandoah Valley to remain a barren waste." Gen. Grant to Gen. Sheridan
"Total War" came to the Shenandoah Valley in September 1864 as Union troops systematically destroyed its agricultural resources, including thousands of livestock, killed or stolen, and burning all the crops in a 75 mile area.
A House Divided
"We shall have a graveyard at every door" predicted Caroline Heater, a native Pennsylvanian who opposed secession. She and her husband Solomon disagreed. Despite their mother's wishes, two of the Heater's sons eventually joined the Confederate Army. The Heater family represented the divided loyalties in the Shenandoah Valley.
Tremendously popular throughout the 401 units of the National Park System, Junior Ranger programs are a great way to get kids, and their families, interested and involved in their national parks.
Did You Know?
In 1860, Shenandoah Valley counties voted for John Bell, a moderate Democrat dedicated to maintaining the Union. Valley counties at a state convention urged staying in the Union, but after the firing on Fort Sumter they stayed with Virginia rather than joining the new state of West Virginia.