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The Soldiers at Gettysburg--Supplementary Resources

Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg examines what many consider the turning point of the Civil War. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers rich variety of materials, both about the battle itself and about the war in general.

American Presidents Travel Itinerary
The Discover Our Shared Heritage online travel itinerary on American Presidents provides information on places associated with the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and the Lincoln Memorial.

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 Park Service - Museum Management Program
Gettysburg Camp Life: Civil War Collections is an online exhibit exploring camp life for Civil War soldiers at Gettysburg by examining the often tedious day-to-day routine of camp life and showcasing objects and belongings made and used by soldiers to relieve the boredom. Symbols of Battle: Civil War Flags is an online exhibt that explores the symbolic meaning attached to flags through examining collections held by the NPS. The Museum Management Program also has a lesson plan focused on Gettysburg: Life of a Civil War Soldier.

Gettysburg Resources
Gettysburg National Military Park
This historic battlefield forms one unit of the National Park Service. The park's web pages detail the history of the building, the events that took place there, and the city in which it stands. Included are photographs, descriptions, and materials for teachers.

National Park Service, Historical Handbook
Gettysburg National Military Park

In this online handbook about Gettysburg National Military Park, Frederick Tilberg provides an account of the events leading up to, and those that occurred during, this July battle in 1863. The handbook also contains information about Lincoln's post-battle efforts at the site, the actions of Civil War veterans, and the park itself.

Library of Congress
The American Memory collection offers a wide variety of resources about Gettysburg, including maps, documents, and photographs. Start with the search engine, being sure to choose "Match this exact phrase" before you enter the topic you want to search.

National Archives (NARA)
The Archives has placed on its web site a large number of items about Gettysburg. To find them, visit the NARA search engine. Use search terms such as "Gettysburg, " Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War photographs, to find more photographs from the battlefield, the original Gettysburg Address, and audio clips from an interview with the last surviving Confederate veteran.

Civil War Resources
American Battlefield Protection Program
The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields through grants, education, and planning assistance. Included on its web site are summaries of the 380 principal battles of the Civil War.

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.

The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley of the Shadow Project takes two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the American Civil War. This hypermedia archive includes newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing the stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families.

The United States Civil War Center
The Civil War Center has two primary goals: to locate, index, and/or make available all appropriate private and public data regarding the Civil War; and to promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines. As part of this mission it has compiled a list of more than 2,100 web resources related to the war.

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial 2009
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created by Congress to inform the public about the impact Abraham Lincoln had on the development of our nation, and to find the best possible ways to honor his accomplishments. The President, the Senate and the House of Representatives appointed a 15-member commission to commemorate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and emphasize the contribution of his thoughts and ideals to America and the world. Timeline, speeches, online resources, and a photo gallery are available via this website.

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