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Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War--
Supplementary Resources

By looking at Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War, students discover why Fort Pickens was so valuable to both the Union and Confederacy, and follow the actions of the military commanders faced with crucial decisions. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas are part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, which is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages to learn more about the park and its history.

Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources
The Florida Maritime Heritage Trail offers histories, photographs, and maps of the many forts that protected the Florida shores, including Fort Pickens, Fort McRee, and Fort Barrancas. Also interesting, Florida in the Civil War is an on-line history exhibit that explores the role Florida played in the Civil War.

Historic American Buildings Survey/
Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER)

The HABS/HAER collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Search the collection for documentation on numerous forts, including Fort Barrancas. Drawings and photographs, as well as historical data are provided.

Civil War Resources:

The American Battlefield Protection Program
The American Battlefield Protection Program, a division of the National Park Service, provides detailed on-line publications featuring different topics in the Civil War. Included is a battle summary of the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.

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.

Civil War Soldiers & 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.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration offers a wealth of information about the Civil War. Use the search engine to access a special collection of photographs covering many aspects of the Civil War. Also search on "Civil War records" to locate comprehensive Union and Confederate records.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress created a selected Civil War photographic history in their "American Memory" collection. Included on the site is a photographic time line of the Civil War covering major events for each year of the war.

The United States Civil War Center
Louisiana State University maintains a Civil War Center that locates, indexes, and makes available all appropriate private and public data on the internet regarding the Civil War. The site features over 4,500 links that promote the study of the Civil War from all perspectives.


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