Places

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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  • Fort Stevens

    Photo of the officers and men of Company F, 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery in Fort Stevens in 1865

    Fort Stevens is one of many fortifications that surrounded Washington DC during the Civil War and the place where President Abraham Lincoln came under fire from Confederate forces. Read more

  • General Grant National Memorial

    Grant's Tomb

    Photo of the 1897 dedication of Grant's Tomb

    Grant's Tomb is a reminder of how different a figure can appear in the light of current events versus the long view of history. In the summer of 1864, the press reviled "Butcher Grant," and his presidency remains notorious for corruption. A decade after his death the largest public fundraising to that point in American history brought in $600,000 for his tomb and a million people attended its dedication in 1897. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hampton

    Period  portrait of Charles Ridgely, fourth master of Hampton

    Hampton shows the anomalies of life in a Border State. While Maryland would not secede from the Union, slavery was still part of the local economy and culture. The wealthy Ridgelys were every bit as aristocratic as any cotton planters, but many of their enslaved workforce worked in industry, and nearby Baltimore had a larger free black population than enslaved. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Harpers Ferry - Baltimore & Ohio Bridge Ruins

    Historic Photograph of the B&O Railroad Ruins at Harpers Ferry

    The Baltimore & Ohio (B & O) railroad bridge was once a majestic wood covered bridge that spanned the Potomac River and carried train traffic on the B & O Railroad for 23 years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Harpers Ferry - Bolivar Heights

    Modern photograph of Bolivar Heights

    Bolivar Heights witnessed more battle action than any other location at Harpers Ferry. The first battle of the Civil War at Harpers Ferry occurred at Bolivar Heights on October 16, 1861, exactly two years after the commencement of the John Brown Raid. Alarmed by Union forces in the new Confederacy, especially along the Potomac River, a Confederate force under Col. Thomas Ashby struck Union Col. John Geary's men at Bolivar Heights. Read more