Preservation

The Civil War may long be over, but one battle still remains: the fight to preserve its legacy. The National Park Service is committed to helping protect the historic resources that tell the story of our nation's bloodiest war, and not just the ones on federal parkland. From grants, to documentation projects, to archeological research, learn about how our agency is keeping numerous sites across the country safe.

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  • Using a tripod hoist to reset a marble headstone

    20,000 Americans lost their lives in service to their country during the War of 1812. These brave souls are buried in cemeteries from Ohio to Alabama and east to Maryland. The more prominent cemeteries are preserved by local, state, and the federal governments. Smaller private and out-of-the way plots sometimes languish without care. The National Park Service is developing guidelines for all groups seeking support in preserving the resting places of America's fallen. Read more

  • restoration of star-spangled banner

    A national treasure, the Star-Spangled Banner has been on view almost continuously since it came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1907. Despite receiving the best possible care, the flag, already timeworn, has deteriorated further from decades of exposure to light, pollution and temperature fluctuations. Read more

  • Photo of Fort Morgan in 1864, showing damage to the south side of the fort

    The finest example of military architecture shines as a Confederate stronghold that excelled at protecting those eluding the Union blockade of Mobile Bay. Read more

  • earthwork design

    Today, earthworks management is viewed as an evolving science that requires an integrated approach to natural and cultural resource management. Many parks in the public and private sectors employ a variety of techniques in an effort to expand the range of successful management practices. Read more

  • Photo of Antietam National Cemetery

    Rosters of burials in America's National Cemeteries are being digitized from the original leather bound ledgers, providing a boon to researchers and genealogists as the records are made avaialble online. Read more

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