Makeshift hospitals for the wounded, private homes turned into battle headquarters, and more memorials than one can count - a wide variety of structures and sites were either directly affected by the Civil War, or later built in commemoration of it. And not surprisingly, as the caretaker of America's treasures, including battlefields and military parks, hundreds of the sites that still remain are today located within the National Park System.

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  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Pittsburg Landing

    Engraving of Union steamboats at Pittsburg Landing, shortly after the Battle of Shiloh

    At this ferry landing on the Tennessee River established by and named for local tavern owner Pitts Tucker, the Union army concentrated for an attack on Corinth, Mississippi. The Confederates, however, had other ideas. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Putnam Stump Monument

    Modern photo of the Putnam Stump Monument

    After being buried beneath a young oak tree following the Battle of Shiloh, the way in which Private John D. Putnam's grave was marked led to one of the most unique markers on the Shiloh battlefield. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Site of Shiloh Church

    Engraving of Shiloh Church with soldiers in foreground

    With a name meaning "place of peace," the unassuming Shiloh Church was an unlikely location for one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles. Read more

  • President's Park (White House)

    The White House

    Modern photo of south façade of the White House

    Abraham Lincoln occupied what was then known as the President's House from 1861 until 1865. From this place Lincoln planned and directed the actions of Union forces in the Civil War and enjoyed some semblance of family life. His son Willie died here in 1862 and he delivered his last public speech from a balcony on its north facade. Read more

  • Shenandoah National Park

    Thornton Gap

    Photo of mountains in Shendandoah National Park

    Thornton Gap was one many mountain passes used to access the Shenandoah Valley by both Confederate and Union troops during the American Civil War. Neither side controlled it for very long and its scattered inhabitants were left largely undisturbed by the conflict raging in the valleys below. Read more