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A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton, OH--
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By studying A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton students learn how the U.S. government cared for and honored its veterans by creating a system of soldiers' homes and national cemeteries. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Department of Veterans Affairs: National Cemetery Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs is a useful web site for the family of veterans seeking information on national cemeteries, soldiers lots and related history. The site is also convenient for those searching for information eligibility of veterans for burial benefits and the government grave marker program.

Dayton Veteran's Affairs: Virtual Tour Museum
The Virtual Tour Museum showcases a host of photographs on exhibit displaying the cemetery, grounds and museum. The museum also displays pertinent information on preservation projects of the American Veterans Heritage Center and the history of the museum.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
The National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System is a recently created database containing facts about Civil War servicemen, lists of Civil War regiments, and descriptions of significant Civil War battles. Also on this site is a descriptive history of African-Americans in the Civil War.

The NPS manages 14 National Cemeteries, all but one of which is related to a Civil War battlefield park. The NPS is planning on listing all names of burials in these cemeteries on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. The first phase involves data taken from written records of Poplar Grove National Cemetery at Petersburg National Battlefield, and also includes images of the headstones.

National Park Service Civil War Website
Visit the official National Park Service Civil War Web Site. Offering the current generation of Americans an opportunity to know, discuss, and commemorate this country's greatest national crisis, while at the same time exploring its enduring relevance in the present, the website includes a variety of helpful features and links such as the About the Civil War page that offers a timeline and stories from various perspectives. Also included are links to Civil War Parks, NPS education programs, and much more.

Historic Places Honoring Those Who Served
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  This itinerary explains where the idea of national cemeteries came from and their meaning today.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives (NARA) is a federal agency committed to the availability of government documents to the public. Included are documents related to the soldiers that served during the Civil War, such as military and pension files and articles pertaining to both soldiers' homes and the marking of veterans graves.

African American Civil War Memorial
This website includes a database with the names of African American Civil War Veterans. It also houses an extensive photo gallery, information for teachers hoping to use the information in lesson plans, and the history of the museum.

Washington Senior High School
This website hosts a database on the United Sates Colored Troops burial in Ohio. This project was built, compiled, and maintained by the research history of Washington Senior Student High School, Washington Courthouse, Ohio.

United States war Department:
The War of Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

This Cornell University database contains a massive amount of primary source data of both the Union and Confederate armies including: correspondence, official reports, orders, information on prisoners of war, state prisoners, political prisoners, and the reports of high ranking military officials.


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