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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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  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Observation Tower

    Early 20th-century postcard showing Observation Tower

    The Observation Tower, which provides a sweeping panorama of the Antietam battlefield, was constructed at the end of the Sunken Road in 1897 by the War Department as part of its efforts to make the battlefield into an open air classroom. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Philip Pry Farm

    Wartime photo of the Philip Pry House

    The Philip Pry House served as headquarters for Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, Union commander during the Battle of Antietam, and as a field hospital and headquarter of the Army of the Potomac medical department in the aftermath. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Roulette Farm

    Wartime photo of the Roulette house

    During the Battle of Antietam, thousands of Union soldiers passed through the Roulette farm on their way to the fighting at the Sunken Road. Afterwards, their the barn was used as a field hospital for many of the wounded and over 700 soldiers were buried in the fields. Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam National Cemetery - Private Soldier Monument

    Photo of dedication of the Private Soldier Monument in

    "Not for themselves but for their country" reads the inscription on the Private Soldiers Monument in the center of the Antietam National Cemetery. Affectionately referred to as "Old Simon," the statue depicts a Union infantryman facing north, towards his home. Read more

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

    Aspet

    Photo of Apset, circa 1885

    Aspet was the home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of the most celebrated and influential American sculptors of the 19th century. His many public sculptures include the Sherman Statue in New York City's Central Park, the Adams Memorial in Washington DC and arguably his greatest work, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Commons. Read more