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 - Clara Barton Monument

    Photo of Clara Barton Monument at Antietam National Battlefield

    "During the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, Clara Barton brought supplies and nursing aid to the wounded on this battlefield. This act of love and mercy led to the birth of the present American National Red Cross." Read more

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam Battlefield - Mumma Farm

    Wartime photo showing destroyed Mumma family buildings

    Burned by the Confederates to prevent their use by Union sharpshooters, the Mumma farm was the only civilian property intentionally destroyed during the battle. Read more