Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a total of seven different trading cards:
Formerly enslaved Emma Stephenson served as a 17th Army Corps nurse. She fell ill while caring for white soldiers and later died. She was first buried at the Army Corps hospital, but was later interred at the Marietta National Cemetery with "her soldiers". Surviving soldiers who had received her care never forgot her kindness.
Austin Gilmore, formerly enslaved from Tennessee, enlisted in the 111th Illinois Infantry to fight for freedom. A stretcher bearer, Austin removed bodies of wounded and dead soldiers during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He was mortally wounded rescuing a soldier, died four days later, and was buried in an unmarked grave.
Did You Know?
Nearly twenty buildings, including dwellings, churches and mills existed within the present battlefield boundary in 1864. Only the Kolb house, which has been rehabilitated to represent its historic exterior appearance, survives.