National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: March 12, 1861

Forts Crisis

Drawing of Fort Sumter from Harper's Weekly

Opinion is divided as to whether President Lincoln should use military force to secure Fort Sumter, South Carolina and Fort Pickens, Florida.

Now: March 8, 2011

Libyan Crisis

U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf

Opinion is divided as to the use of American military force to support the Libyan revolution.

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