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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  • 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

  • Pea Ridge National Military Park

    Elkhorn Tavern

    c. 1880s photo of the Cox family in front of the tavern

    This wooden tavern - destroyed by the battle and later rebuilt - was witness to some of the heaviest fighting during the bloody two-day Battle of Pea Ridge in 1862. Read more

  • 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

  • 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