Visit the Lincoln Depot in Springfield, Illinois
This depot is where President Lincoln began his historic 12-day journey to Washington to become President of the United States.
Visit the Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, Illinois
Rock Island, in the Mississippi River, functioned not only as an arsenal but also as a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. It is also the final resting place of some two thousand Confederates who never made it home.
Pay your respects to Abraham Lincoln at Oak Ridge Cemetery
Oak Ridge is a magnificent site; where the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest.
Visit the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site
This is the only remaining building in which President Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
Visit the Rosehill Cemetery and Civil War Museum
Rosehill is the final resting place of fourteen Union generals, six drummer boys, and hundreds of Civil War soldiers.
Visit Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Here, visitors can catch a glimpse of life in the 1830s trading center that nurtured a young Abraham Lincoln, who was just setting out on the path to the presidency and immortality.
Get a ranger tour of Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home
This is the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned.
Visit the Old State Capitol State Historic Site
The Old State Capitol is where future President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous"House Divided" speech in 1858, and where his body lay in state in 1865.
Visit the Alton Military Prison Site
Alton is one of many locations where Confederate prisoners of war were held, hundreds of miles from home, throughout the Civil War. The ruins are very cool, too!
Visit Grant's Home in Galena
Get a sense of the General's roots.
Our Essential To-Do List includes 450 Civil War activities to help you celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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Our guide book "Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary" highlights the things we deem most essential to do during the Sesquicentennial.
Download the To-Do List
Download a printable checklist (PDF) of all the items we have posted. Count them up and determine your rank. Can you attain the rank of To-Do List General?
Learn More about the To-Do List
The Civil War Trust had the chance to sit down with one of its own -- Garry Adelman, Director of History and Education -- to talk about how his To-Do List encourages peoples to expand their knowledge of the Civil War.
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