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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  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    Battlefield Protection

    Map of eastern US showing concentration of War of 1812 battlefield sites by state

    The American Battlefield Protection Program helps to identify and preserve important battlefield sites connected to the War of 1812 and other armed conflicts fought on American soil to benefit future generations of citizens and scholars discovering their lessons. Read more

  • 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

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Doughton Park Maintenance Area

    A large maintenance shed, smaller cabins, and rows of trucks are arranged across a slope.

    Doughton Park Maintenance Area is a component landscape of the Doughton Park landscape of the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the first maintenance areas to be planned and built along the route, much of the construction was completed by CCC and WPA labor by the early 1940s. The structures are obscured from the parkway by a ravine and trees that were planted in the early 1940s. 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

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