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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  • Governors Island National Monument

    Castle Williams

    Built in 1811 to defend New York against foreign navies, Castle Williams would later play a role in defending the nation against domestic enemies. Castle Williams never heard a shot fired in anger, but it was used for training and organizing troops who would take the war to the Confederacy, and housed hundreds of Confederate prisoners within its massive walls. Read more

  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    Chalmette National Cemetery

    Photo of Civil War tombstone of

    Although the Chalmette National Cemetery began as one of many large Federal cemeteries for Union war dead, , it serves today to link the generations. Its location is symbolic, being on the battlefield where a young United States continued its independence by defeating Great Britain in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Joining those who fought for Union and freedom are veterans from 20th century wars. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal - Ferry Hill

    Painting of Ferry Hill landscape

    Located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, with a view toward Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Ferry Hill Place has stood for two centuries above the Potomac River and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, participating in and watching history pass by. Ferry Hill is best known as the home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate Officer and author of his renowned Civil War personal account, "I Rode With Stonewall." Read more

  • Clara Barton National Historic Site

    Clara Barton National Historic Park

    Photograph of Clara Barton

    Home to the "Angel of the Battlefield" Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Drewry's Bluff

    Painting of Confederate troops at Drewry's Bluff firing on Union fleet

    In the spring of 1862, a Union flotilla of gunboats, including the famed USS Monitor, advanced up the James River, with only one Confederate fortification between them and the Confederate capital. The fate of Richmond lay in the hands of the defenders at Drewry's Bluff. Read more