The Civil War
The Civil War (1861-1865) changed the United States profoundly. It affected the lives of every man, woman, and child in the United States in some way. Millions gained their freedom. Hundreds of thousands died. Thousands more were wounded, saw their homes destroyed, or lost friends or family members.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the greatest test that the United States has ever faced, the National Park Service has created free Civil War trading cards that explore the war itself and its aftermath of Civil War to civil rights. Jean Lafitte has a total of nine trading cards that explore both military history and the struggle for civil rights that the Civil War inspired. Jean Lafitte's cards tell the story of Pvt. Andre Cailloux, Chalmette artillery, Sarah Wakeman, the Mosquito Fleet, the US Colored Troops, Fazendeville, New Orleans "The Queen of the South"), the Union capture of New Orleans, and New Orleans public school integration.
Here's how to get cards:
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Did You Know?
Tourism has been big business in New Orleans for decades. Before the Civil War, the top must-see site on everyone's New Orleans list was its port, one of the world's busiest at the time. (Early 1800s guides for travelers actually used the term "must-see!")