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Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War--
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By looking at Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War, students learn why this home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was a center of military activity, and consider the impact the war had on those whose property became part of the battlefield. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Chatham is part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, which is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's web pages to learn more about the many historic sites, Civil War battles, and people associated with this park's history.

Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet
Compiled by the Duke Special Collections Library, Civil War Women is an on-line manuscript collection which documents women's experiences in the Civil War. Included are diaries, documents, and letters from a variety of different women. Also of special interest are several letters by female slaves from Duke's African-American Women On-line Archival Collections.

Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War
Created by the University of Virginia Special Collections department, Hearts at Home is an on-line manuscript collection examining different aspects of southern women's experiences during the Civil War.

Clara Barton National Historic Site
Clara Barton National Historic Site, Clara Barton's home in Glen Echo, Maryland is a unit of the National Park Service. The park's web pages detail her incredible story, including her relief efforts during the Civil War and with the American Red Cross.

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 of the Civil War. Included are battle summaries for the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of the Wilderness, and the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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 (CWSS) is is a cooperative effort by the National Park Service (NPS) and several other public and private partners, to computerize information about the Civil War. The goal of the CWSS is to increase the American people's understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible. Searchable database categories are as follow: soldiers, sailors, regiments, prisoners, cemeteries, battles, medals, and parks.

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 timeline 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.

The Valley of the Shadow
For a valuable resource on the Civil War, visit the University of Virginia's Valley of the Shadow Project. The site offers a unique perspective of two communities, one Northern and one Southern, and their experiences during the American Civil War. Students can explore primary sources such as newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, military records, and much more.


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