||About the Civil
The Civil War touched every person and influenced every
institution more profoundly than any other event in American history.
Over half a million young Americans gave their lives fighting for or
against the effort by Southern states to secede from the Union and to
preserve a society based on slave labor. Not only were civilians deeply
scarred by the war, but no aspect of the society, economy, or political
system was spared. National Park Service
interpreters explore this fact in a series entitled Stories of
the Civil War.
The war, then, is the story not only of the generals and
the soldiers, but of every one of the 30+ million Americans who were
affected by the war. Taking sides split families and communities.
This was true not only in the East but in the West as well, for Indian
wars were fought while the army was occupied elsewhere.
Residents in western territories had to make a calculated guess
about the future of their country. Here are the
stories of the men, women and children who fought,
suffered, supported and died in this effort that would change
the nation forever.
We hope to add many more stories over the course of the next four years.