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A Story in Stone: Osceola Pochontas

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What does it meant to be American? This two-minute video from Andersonville National Historic Site explores a unique story of sacrifice.

The National Park Service has the honor of preserving battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. The newest site, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, was dedicated on October 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. and honors the strength and sacrifice of all disabled veterans, past, present and future, who have served or will serve in our nation's military forces.

What better way to honor those who served their country than to visit a national park that preserves the places where they fought?

French & Indian War American Revolution
War of 1812 Mexican-American War
American Civil War American Indian Wars
World War II Cold War
Korean War War in Vietnam

See also:
National Cemeteries

Additional Resources

French & Indian War

This was a seven-year struggle between Great Britain and France for control of North America. It paved the way for the American colonists' fight for their independence from Great Britain a generation later.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Pennsylvania

The American Revolution

Fought from 1775 through 1783, America's Revolutionary War resulted in the independence of the United States of America. Battles were fought from Maine to Florida and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana. Places such as Bunker Hill, Cowpens and Yorktown entered the American consciousness and lexicon, and are today preserved by the National Park Service, allowing visitors to stand in the spot where the Founding Fathers debated whether to break away from England, or where patriots fought.

Boston National Historical Park
Massachussetts

Cowpens National Battlefield
South Carolina

Fort Moultrie National Monument
South Carolina

Fort Stanwix National Monument
New York

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Indiana

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
North Carolina

Independence National Historical Park
Pennsylvania

Kings Mountain National Military Park
South Carolina

Minute Man National Historical Park
Massachusetts

Moores Creek National Battlefield
North Carolina

Morristown National Historical Park
New Jersey

Ninety Six National Historic Site
South Carolina

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Saratoga National Historical Park
New York

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
(Thomas Creek Battle Site) Florida

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Pennsylvania

The War of 1812

The American leaders who declared war on Great Britain in 1812 firmly believed they were beginning a second war of independence and, although the United States failed to achieve many of its war aims (including the conquest of Canada), the War of 1812 confirmed American nationhood and secured a new respect for the infant republic among the powers of Europe.

Castle Clinton National Monument
New York

Chalmette Battlefield (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park) Louisiana

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Maryland

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Alabama

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial
Ohio

The Mexican-American War

The Mexican-American War was fought from 1846 to 1848, sparked in part by the U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of the conflict's first battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the first war between independent republics.

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Kansas

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Texas

The American Civil War

From 1861 to 1865, the American union was broken as brother fought brother in a Civil War that remains a defining moment in our nation's history. Its causes and consequences, including the continuing struggle for civil rights for all Americans, reverberate to this day. From the war's outbreak at Fort Sumter, to the largest battle fought at Gettysburg, to the closing chapter at Appomattox Court House, more than 40 Civil War battlefields are preserved by the National Park Service.

African American Civil War Memorial
Washington, D.C.

Andersonville National Historic Site
Georgia

Antietam National Battlefield
Maryland

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Virginia

Arkansas Post National Memorial
Arkansas

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Virginia

Brices Crossroads National Battlefield Site
Mississippi

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
Virginia

Civil War Defenses of Washington
Washington, D.C.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Georgia

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Tennessee

Fort Monroe National Monument
Virginia

Fort Pulaski National Monument
Georgia

Fort Sumter National Monument
South Carolina

Fort Washington Park
Maryland

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Virginia

Gettysburg National Military Park
Pennsylvania

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Georgia

Manassas National Battlefield Park
Virginia

Monocacy National Battlefield
Maryland

Pea Ridge National Military Park
Arkansas

Petersburg National Battlefield
Virginia

Richmond National Battlefield Park
Virginia

Shiloh National Military Park
Tennessee

Stones River National Battlefield
Tennessee

Tupelo National Battlefield
Mississippi

Vicksburg National Military Park
Mississippi

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Missouri

The American Indian Wars

During the late 19th century, as the United States sought to expand its territory further and further west, a policy of removing the American Indians from tribal lands was adopted. The resulting distrust and broken promises ultimately led to violence, and more than 1,500 armed conflicts were fought during the Indian wars. Today, the National Park Service preserves several of the battlefield sites of the Indian War and interprets its effect on native peoples and their cultures.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Colorado

Big Hole National Battlefield
Montana

Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Arizona

Fort Davis National Historic Site
Texas

Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Wyoming

Fort Larned National Historic Site
Kansas

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Kansas

Fort Smith National Historic Site
Arkansas, Oklahoma

Fort Union National Monument
New Mexico

Fort Point National Historic Site
California

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Montana

Nez Perce National Historical Park
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Colorado

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Oklahoma

World War II

More than 16 million Americans served in the armed forces during the global conflict that was World War II. However, like no American war fought before or since, the entire industrial, economic, and scientific capabilities of the United States were employed in winning the war. The National Park Service sites commemmorating World War II reflect both military and civilian contributions.

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area
Alaska

American Memorial Park
Northern Mariana Islands

National World War II Memorial
Washington, D.C.

Cabrillo National Monument
California

Fort Point National Historic Site
California

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
California

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
California

War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Guam

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Hawaii, Alaska, California

The Cold War

The nearly 50-year period of political and military tension between the Western world and communist countries known as the Cold War led to the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons by both sides. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site tells the story of these weapons that not only held the power to destroy civilization, but also served as a nuclear deterrent which maintained peace and prevented war.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
South Dakota

Korean War

From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. At war's end, a million and a half American veterans returned to a peacetime world of families, homes, and jobs - and to a country long reluctant to view the Korean War as something to memorialize. Dedicated in 1992, the Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates those who served in the conflict.

Korean War Veterans Memorial
Washington, D.C.

War in Vietnam

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. The memorial consists of three distinct sections - "The Wall," the three servicemen statue and flagpole, and the women in service to the Vietnam War statue. The purpose of this memorial is to separate the issue of the sacrifices of the veterans from the U.S. policy in the war, thereby creating a venue for reconciliation for this divisive conflict.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington, D.C.

National Cemeteries administered by the National Park Service:

Andersonville National Cemetery
Georgia
Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Tennessee
Antietam National Cemetery
Maryland
Battleground National Cemetery
Washington, D.C.
Chalmette National Cemetery
Louisiana
Custer National Cemetery
Montana
Fort Donelson National Cemetery
Tennessee
Fredericksburg National Cemetery
Virginia
Gettysburg National Cemetery
Pennsylvania
Poplar Grove National Cemetery
Virginia
Shiloh National Cemetery
Tennessee
Stones River National Cemetery
Tennessee
Vicksburg National Cemetery
Mississippi
Yorktown National Cemetery
Virginia










Additional Resources:

Military History

French & Indian War

Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Mexican-American War

American Civil War

American Indian Wars

World War II

Korean War

War in Vietnam

Cold War

National Cemeteries

Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers