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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  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    Salem Church

    Photo of Salem Church and headstones from adjacent cemetery

    Although the Biblical word "Salem" originally derived from a Hebrew verb meaning, amongst other things "peace," Salem Church west of Fredericksburg, Virginia lives on in history because of its connections with war. Its main moment of fame was during the second Battle of Fredericksburg in May of 1863, when it became a field hospital. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Albert Sidney Johnston Monument

    Photo of monument marking Albert Sidney Johnston's mortal wounding.

    Albert Sidney Johnston was the second highest ranking general in the Confederate army and commander of Confederate forces in the Western Theater. However, a stray bullet in the opening hours of the Battle of Shiloh would cost the Confederacy the general that Jefferson Davis considered to be America's greatest soldier. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Grant's Last Line

    Early 20th century photo of cannon along Grant's last line at Shiloh

    With his army surprised by the Confederate attack and on the verge of being driven from the field, General Ulysses S. Grant massed 51 pieces of artillery (including heavy siege guns) and dug fortifications in a last-ditch effort to save his army. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Battlefield - Hornet's Nest

    Sketch of the Hornet's Nest after the Battle of Shiloh

    There is perhaps no more famous Civil War icon than the Hornet's Nest at Shiloh. Ranking with Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, Bloody Lane at Antietam, and the Stone Wall at Fredericksburg, Shiloh's Hornet's Nest is well known to even the most novice Civil War student. Read more

  • 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