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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  • 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

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Historic photograph of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    Union forces tried to protect the river and Confederate forces tried to damage the canal along with boat traffic 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

  • 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

  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    Fort Jefferson

    Photo of Fort Jefferson

    Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. During the Civil War, it was used as a Federal prison primarily for Union deserters, though in 1865 three of the Lincoln conspirators were imprisoned within its walls. Read more