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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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