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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  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    Abraham Lincoln Home

    Photo of the Lincoln Home on August 8, 1860, during a presidental campaign rally for Lincoln.

    On the corner of Jackson and 8th Streets in Springfield, Illinois stands the home where Abraham Lincoln settled down to family life and the legal profession, and where he began his career in politics. Today the house looks much as Lincoln knew it, a glimpse of a world about to change before history called him away never to return. Read more

  • San Juan Island National Historical Park

    American Camp

    Painting of Fourth of July celebration at American Camp on San Juan Island c. 1868

    Despite its remote location in northwest Washington state, the American military contingent on San Juan Island saw many officers who would become key players in the American Civil War, for both the Union and the Confederacy. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Antietam National Cemetery

    Modern photo of Antietam National Cemetery in the fall

    Dedicated on September 17, 1867, the five year anniversary of the battle, the Antietam National Cemetery contains the remains of 4,700 Federal soldiers who were either killed or mortally wounded at the battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy and other actions in Maryland. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Bloody Lane

    Modern photo of Bloody Lane

    Union and Confederate forces battled for nearly four hours over this 1,000-yard-long Sunken Road located at the center of Robert E. Lee's line. When the fighting was over, more than 5,500 were dead or wounded and the country lane would be known forevermore as Bloody Lane. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Burnside Bridge

    Photo of Burnside Bridge taken shortly after the Battle of Antietam

    Burnside Bridge played a key role in the Battle of Antietam when 400 Confederate soldiers managed to hold the line for several hours, preventing 12,000 Federals from forcing a crossing of the bridge and seizing the strategic high ground. Read more