Learn about Lee's trap at North Anna
The battles on the North Anna nearly transformed the war in Virginia. Lee's tactical gamble briefly left Grant's army divided and vulnerable to defeat in detail.
Visit the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island
A visit here will teach you all you want to know about the part played by the Mississippi River in the Civil War.
Visit Spangler's Spring on Culp's Hill on the Gettysburg Battlefield
Learn about botched orders, deadly struggles and the myth of comradery at the Spring.
See how Drewry's Bluff dominated the strategic James River
The well-preserved Confederate fortifications here saved Richmond from a daring naval attack in May 1862 and again in 1864. Drewry's Bluff offers a beautiful and commanding view of the James River.
See vast small arms display at the Chickamauga Visitors Center
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
In addition to its incredible gun collection, the Chickamauga Visitor Center fosters broad education about the battle and surrounding campaigns.
Walk the Union Lines at Gettysburg
The Union fishhook at Gettysburg is one of the most famous military positions in history, and walking it can be an enlightening experience.
Visit Stuart's death site at Yellow Tavern
Glen Allen, Virginia
Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was very nearly the embodiment of the Lost Cause. When Lee learned of his death, he remarked that he could"scarcely think of him without weeping."
Visit Johnson Island Cemetery
Johnson Island was one of the most notorious Federal prisons, and the cemetery there is final resting place of many Confederate soldiers who died there as prisoners of war.
Go to Fort Monroe -- bastion, sanctuary, prison and more
Fort Monroe, Virginia
Although never actually attacked, Fort Monroe was a sanctuary for slaves fleeing the South and was where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned after the war.
Stand atop Buford's Knoll at Brandy Station
Brandy Station, Virginia
Standing at this incredibly peaceful and pristine spot on the largest cavalry battlefield of the North American continent can bring you back in time.
Walk the Ream's Station Battlefield
Here, the once-proud Union II Corps had one of its worst days. The trail on Civil War Trust land there takes you over the most important of the hallowed ground.
Visit the Griswoldville Battlefield Memorial
Griswoldville represents the last attempt by Southern forces to halt Sherman's March to the Sea. See where the vastly overmatched Georgia militia desperately tried to defend their state.
Honor the fallen at Marietta National Cemetery
National cemeteries have a humbling, calming effect on many who visit them.
Walk the Confederate Lines on Seminary Ridge
Walking even part of this line will uncover numerous Confederate memorials and markers and will impress you with the size of the armies.
Visit the Little Rock National Cemetery
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pay your respects to both sides at one of the few national cemeteries where Confederate soldiers are buried alongside their Union counterparts.
See where Col. Turner Ashby breathed his last
Stonewall Jackson's cavalry commander in the Shenandoah Valley, Brig. Gen. Turner Ashby, was killed on a spot marked by a monument.
Explore Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters in Winchester
Surround yourself with the accoutrements of one of the most enigmatic and revered figures of the Confederacy, General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.
Tour the Spring Hill Battlefield
Spring Hill, Tennessee
The actions at Spring Hill contributed significantly to the disaster that befell Hood's army at Franklin.
See McClellan's headquarters at Antietam -- the Pry House
The Union commander, General George B. McClellan, had his headquarters here at the Battle of Antietam -- America's bloodiest day.
Visit Robert E. Lee's office and tomb at Lee Chapel
Robert E. Lee lived, worked, died, and was buried here, four years after his surrender at Appomattox.
Visit Fort Brady
Fort Brady is one of the best-preserved Civil War forts in the National Park Service system.
Visit Harrison's Landing at Berkeley Plantation
Charles City, Virginia
Harrison Landing was Union Gen. George B. McClellan's headquarters and supply base, and home to more than 100,000 Union soldiers during July and August of 1862.
See The Great Locomotive Chase
Watch a great movie based on a fascinating, actual event -- the April 1862 Union theft of a Confederate locomotive in Georgia.
Visit the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum
The Wilson's Creek Museum houses a fine collection of weapons and camp accoutrements
Visit a Civil War monument in a local courthouse square
You will not only honor the memory of the soldiers and sailors that died and/or served in the Civil War, but you'll also learn something new.
Go to Philippi
Philippi, West Virginia
This is the site of both the first land battle of the Civil War and the first amputation.
Re-trace John Wilkes Booth's Escape Route
Washington, District of Columbia
Retrace the path of Lincoln's killer and his pursuers, who scrambled to apprehend those responsible for the first presidential assassination in the nation's history.
See the bloodiest Seven Days battlefield -- Gaines' Mill
The attacking Confederates paid a terrible price in casualties at Gaines' Mill to drive the Union away from Richmond.
Tour the forgotten battlefields of Bermuda Hundred
Prince George, Virginia
Bermuda Hundred was the scene of an overlooked and ultimately unsuccessful campaign against Richmond's supply lines in the spring of 1864.
Check out the Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Visit a place where many important participants of the Civil War were stationed both before and after the war.
See the impressive South Carolina Confederate Relic Room
Columbia, South Carolina
Learn first-hand the important role South Carolina played in the Civil War at this fascinating, interactive museum.
Visit the House and Grounds at Chatham Manor
This Georgian style manor, on a bluff overlooking the Rappahannock River, was a Union artillery position, headquarters, camp and hospital and provides a panoramic view of historic Fredericksburg.
See the smallest National Civil War Park at Tupelo
Find out how Union infantry saved Sherman's supply lines from the legendary Confederate cavalier, Nathan Bedford Forrest
Visit Raymond Courthouse
After the Battle of Raymond, the Union flag was first hoisted over this courthouse, which also served as a Confederate hospital.
See the actual HL Hunley Submarine
North Charleston, South Carolina
The Hunley was the first submarine to ever sink an enemy warship.
Behold the Ulysses S. Grant Monument
U.S. Capitol, District of Columbia
Visit the monument to Ulysses S. Grant, conqueror of Donelson and Vicksburg, and the first American Lieutenant General since Washington.
Walk the Brawner Farm Loop Trail
Two of the most legendary units on either side, the Stonewall Brigade and the Iron Brigade, faced one another here in one of the fiercest stand-up fights of the war.
Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Ever wondered what happened to the wounded following a battle? Nestled in historic Frederick, Maryland, this museum tells that often overlooked and tragic story in profound detail.
Visit St. Peter's Church
This church is where George and Martha Washington were married (probably) and where Civil War soldiers carved their names into the brick exterior of the church for posterity.
Tour the Mine Run: Payne's Farm Battlefield
Locust Grove, Virginia
Walk the 1.5 mile trail on this pristine battlefield and learn about the bloody but little-known battle fought on November 27, 1863.
Read the Battle Cry of Freedom
This is the one book that anybody wanting to learn about the Civil War must read.
Take a Civil War driving tour with family or friends
Gain a better geographical understanding of a Civil War campaign and spend some quality time with your family and friends in the process.
Visit the Appomattox Station Battlefield
Appomattox Station marked the beginning of the very end for Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Their situation all but hopeless, they surrendered the next day.
Walk the fields of Pickett's Charge
Put yourself back into the summer of 1863 and step off with the Army of Northern Virginia as they tried to win a crowning victory in Pennsylvania -- and learn why they failed to do so.
Walk around Dalton Confederate Cemetery
Honor those of Johnston's Army of Tennessee who fell defending northern Georgia from Sherman's advancing forces.
Walk through the Fairview clearing
The Battle of Chancellorsville raged around this spot on May 3, 1863.
Visit the Yorktown Civil War Battlefield
The ground at Yorktown is one of the only Civil War battlefields that saw fighting in both the American Revolution and the Civil War.
Walk the St. James Church Trail at Brandy Station
Brandy Station, Virginia
This trail allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of the men from both sides who charged back and forth across the bloody fields.
Visit Ellwood in the Wilderness
Locust Grove, Virginia
The home of the Lacy family served as a field headquarters during two separate battles and is the final resting place of the legendary Stonewall Jackson's left arm.
See Civil War photos in 3D
It is estimated that at least 70% of all Civil War documentary photographs were shot as "stereoviews," the 19th century's name for today's 3-D. By viewing them in 3-D, you will be seeing them the way the photographers intended.
Climb the southwestern face of Little Round Top
Walking, charging or climbing among the rocks on Little Round Top's slopes is a rite of passage for any Civil War enthusiast.
Drive the Atlanta Campaign
The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 both confirmed President Lincoln's reelection and sealed the doom of the Confederacy.
Take the Henry Hill Walking Tour
Walk the bloodiest ground of the first significant land battle of the Civil War. Henry Hill is where the battle reached its apex, and the Union suffered its first serious repulse.
Discover the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
The Drum Barracks played an important role for the Union cause and is the sole Civil War-era military facility in the Los Angeles area.
Visit Pea Ridge: Where the Union saved Missouri
Though outnumbered by the Confederate Army, Union perseverance at Pea Ridge all but guaranteed Federal control of Missouri for the remainder of the war.
See just what the soldiers saw at Pickett's Mill
Pickett's Mill is the most pristine battlefield of the Atlanta Campaign. The site takes visitors back in time with its visual consistency.
Visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
See the fantastic picture of the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry at Antietam while you look up your Civil War ancestors.
Experience the Atlanta Cyclorama
Don't miss the chance to see this epic depiction of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the largest oil paintings in the world
See how Southerners slowed the Union at South Mountain
To learn why Antietam was fought where it was requires a trip to the scenic ridgeline of South Mountain where Confederates fought a desperate delaying action to save their army.
Visit the Hornets Nest at Shiloh
This place witnessed some of the most intense fighting of the Civil War.
See a Civil War road trace
Seeing a Civil War road trace will give you a better sense of what the soldiers were being forced to travel on, the difficulty of logistics for Civil War armies, and simply a better understanding of a particular battle.
Stroll through the peaceful Poplar Grove National Cemetery
Poplar Grove is the final resting place of thousands of Union soldiers who fell during the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns.
See a National Cemetery twice as large as Gettysburg's.
The Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Marye's Heights is the final resting place of more than 15,000 Federal soldiers.
Visit the Sherman House
This is the place where one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures in American history came into the world.
See the 54th Massachusetts Monument on Boston Commons
Pay a visit to the monument that honors the brave men of the 54th Massachusetts, the Civil War's best-known black regiment.
Tour the Malvern Hill Battlefield
Malvern Hill is the best preserved and most gruesome of the Seven Days' battlefields.
Check into Willard's Hotel
Washington, District of Columbia
It was often said that Willard's Hotel was as much the center of Washington as the White House or the Capitol. In fact, the term 'lobbyist' owes its derivation to the lobby of Willard's Hotel.
Visit the Valentine Richmond History Center
This museum has everything one could possibly want to know about Richmond, especially its role in the Civil War.
Visit Blandford Church and Cemetery
Blandford Cemetery is the final resting place of 30,000 Confederate soldiers killed during the ten-month Siege of Petersburg. Within the cemetery sits Blandford Church and its compass windows, made of authentic Tiffany glass.
Visit the Old Court House Museum
See where Confederate President Jefferson Davis began his political career, as well as numerous quality relics from the Civil War.
Visit Chinn Ridge on the First Manassas Battlefield
At Chinn Ridge, Union hopes for victory at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861 were crushed. After being repulsed by Confederates there, the Union lines collapsed and the now scattered troops fled back to Washington in terror.
Visit the Thomas Viaduct
The Thomas Viaduct is the oldest multi-arched bridge in the world still in use.
Experience the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania
Some of the most desperate fighting in American history unfolded on this spot.
Visit Ellsworth's Death Site in Alexandria
This is where the first Union officer of the Civil War was killed, Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth.
View the Monitor's turret at the Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia
See the original turret of the Monitor, one of the most famous warships of all time. You can also walk upon a replica of this early ironclad vessel's deck.
Visit Point Lookout State Park and Civil War Museum
It was one of the busiest Union prisoner-of-war camps in the country.
See Fort Rosecrans
The remains of the immense fortress William Rosecrans' around Murfreesboro are remarkably well-preserved.
Visit Emmitsburg: On the Road to Gettysburg
The left wing of Union General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac camped here the night before the Battle of Gettysburg started.
Browse primary sources of the CS Capital at Civil War Richmond
Download a multitude fine-detailed photographs taken in Richmond throughout the Civil War.
Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield by horse
See the field as officers did.
Explore Arkansas History at the Old State House Museum
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Old State House bore witness to many historic events during the Civil War years.
Visit the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
At this park named for the legendary Confederate cavalryman, visitors can learn in depth the operations that occurred around Johnsonville.
See Upperville and learn of Drama at Vineyard Hill
This was the site of a major cavalry battle that took place on June 21, 1863.
Visit Natchez Civil War sites
There are numerous sites and structures here that played important roles throughout the Civil War.
See what used to be Gettysburg's most popular hill -- Culp's.
In rear of the main Union line and commanding the critical Baltimore Pike, the Union defense of Culp's Hill was actually more important than that on Little Round Top.
Gaze into the Crater
The Crater, formed by a Union attempt to literally blow a hole in the Confederate defenses east of Petersburg in July of 1864, represents at once a lost opportunity for the Union and the stalwart resolve of Confederate forces.
Walk around the strangest Civil War site -- Devil's Den
This is among the wildest and strangest of Civil War battle sites, the site of 1,800 casualties and some of the war's most famous photographs.
Visit the East Cavalry Battlefield at Gettysburg
Among the least visited parts of the Gettysburg battlefield, one cannot claim to know the battle until seeing the ground where the horsemen struggled.
Visit the Belle Meade Plantation
The Belle Meade plantation played a key role in the December 1864 Battle of Nashville and is simply beautiful, to boot.
Visit the Confederate Memorial Park at Winstead Hill
Standing here, you can get into Hood's mindset just before the ill-fated Confederate attacks on the federal position.
Tour Wilson's Creek -- "The Bull Run of the West"
This was the site of the first major battle west of the Mississippi River, and where the first Union general -- Nathaniel Lyon -- was killed in combat.
Tour the Bentonville Battlefield
Bentonville, North Carolina
Bentonville was the last major battle fought between Sherman and Johnston, and directly preceded the largest single surrender of the war.
Visit the Stoddard County Civil War Cemetery
This cemetery memorializes the soldiers and citizens alike who died in Stoddard County during the Civil War.
Tour Hollywood Cemetery
Hollywood is the most famous Confederate cemetery; it is the final resting place for more than 18,000 Southern soldiers.
Walk through the remains of the gunboat USS Cairo
Stand on the deck of a gunboat that sat at the bottom of the Yazoo River for more than a century before a team of NPS historians raised her to the surface.
View the St. Albans Historical Museum
St. Albans, Vermont
Most scholars agree that the Confederate raid on St. Albans represents the northernmost engagement of the American Civil War.
Read a Bruce Catton book
You simply can't call yourself a real Civil War enthusiast without reading a Bruce Catton book.
Visit the Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site
The site of one of the worst battles of the Dakota War of 1862. This war, though less noted in history textbooks, raged simultaneously with the Civil War.
Visit the Cyclorama at the Gettysburg Visitor Center
Immerse yourself in this 400x50-foot, 360-degree painting which places you at the climax of Pickett's Charge.
Visit Salem Church
Although traffic and urban sprawl have all but wiped it out, major fighting took place between Union and Confederate forces here on May 3, 1863.
Visit the Remains of the Seven Pines Battlefield
Although the majority of the battlefield is now an airport, this was an extremely important battle because Confederate commander Joseph E. Johnston was wounded and Robert E. Lee assumed command.
Visit the Old State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The gray 'Castle of Baton Rouge' was used by Farragut and his occupying Union troops as a prison and then as a garrison for African-American soldiers later in the war.
Visit the Confederate Memorial Museum and Cemetery
See the site of this important Civil War battle in Oklahoma.
See the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
This is an extraordinary museum in Kennesaw devoted to Civil War soldiers, with a special focus on railroads and the Great Locomotive Chase.
Visit the Mansfield State Historic Site
The Battle of Mansfield is a little known but highly significant engagement, at which Gen. Richard Taylor, son of former U.S. President Zachary Taylor, halted Nathaniel Banks' ascent of the Red River
Visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
See where the"Great Emancipator," Abraham Lincoln, was born.
Roam the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
The little-known Battle of Prairie Grove essentially secured northwestern Arkansas for the Union.
Walk the Hallowed Grounds of Antietam National Cemetery
This is the final resting place of thousands of United States soldiers that gave their life for their country.
Visit the Raymond Battlefield
Raymond was one of the most important pitched battles that took place during the Vicksburg Campaign.
Survey Savannah's defenses at Fort McAllister State Historic Park
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Fort McAllister is a prime example of Civil War era fortifications, and is worth visiting for its excellent preservation and to appreciate the physical situation of the old city of Savannah.
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 Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis' home on the Gulf
French for 'beautiful to see,' Beauvoir was Jefferson Davis' post-Reconstruction home, and where he wrote his magnum opus,"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government."
Take a mobile battlefield tour on your SmartPhone
You can get a top-quality, self-paced tour of a battlefield from respected personalities.
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 a visit to the First White House of the Confederacy
You can stand on the spot where Jefferson Davis gave his inaugural address.
Tour a Civil War battlefield? in Florida! See the Olustee Battlefield
Olustee was the largest and bloodiest Civil War battle fought in the state of Florida
Tour the Confederate White House and Museum of the Confederacy
The Confederate White House was the home and office of President Jefferson Davis during the war. Next door is the unrivaled collection of artifacts maintained by the Museum of the Confederacy.
Take a boat ride to where it all began -- Fort Sumter
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
As historic and iconic a place as you will find relating to the war, Fort Sumter is truly where the Civil War began.
See where Booth shot Lincoln -- Ford's Theatre
Washington, District of Columbia
Few events in American history resonate as strongly as the assassination of the beloved Abraham Lincoln -- see where this fateful event occurred and consider its legacy today.
Visit the Davis Bridge Battlefield
Also known as Hatchie's Bridge, this was the final battle of the Corinth-Iuka Campaign, when Confederate Gen. Van Dorn escaped with his army intact.
Visit and explore Fort Stevens
Washington, District of Columbia
Fort Stevens is the only place where President Lincoln came under direct fire during the Civil War.
See Forrest's "wizardry" at Brice's Cross Roads
Visit the battlefield where General Nathan Bedford Forrest cemented his reputation as the "Wizard of the Saddle."
Visit the Missouri State Capitol and State Museum
Jefferson City, Missouri
Learn more about Missouri's unique role in the Civil War at this fine museum.
See Robert Lincoln's Sarcophagus at Arlington National Cemetery
The resting place of Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's only child to live to adulthood and one-time Secretary of War, is one of the many notable sites at Arlington.
See the damage a rifled cannon can do at Fort Pulaski
In April 1862, the rifled cannon was first effectively used to reduce this fort, rendering brick fortifications utterly ineffective.
Stand Where Thomas J. Jackson Became Stonewall
This is history at its best: To stand on the very ground where Thomas J. Jackson earned his world-famous sobriquet.
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.
View soldier scribblings on the walls of the Graffiti House
Brandy Station, Virginia
The drawings left on its walls by soldiers convalescing in this makeshift hospital provide a tangible connection to Civil War soldiers.
Drive the Helena, Arkansas, Civil War Sites Driving Tour
Get a feel for Helena on the Mississippi, adopted home of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne
Climb the Culp's Hill Tower
From the top of the tower, you can see nearly the entire Union and Confederate lines at Gettysburg.
Climb Big Round Top at Gettysburg
The larger of Gettysburg's two Round Tops will impress you as a military position and as a challenging hike!
See where "The Gallant Pelham" Fell at Kelly's Ford
Near Remington, Virginia
Bucolic Kelly's Ford was the scene of a clash between opposing cavalry in March 1863 and where the dashing Confederate artilleryman John Pelham was fatally wounded.
Find A.P. Hill's death marker at Petersburg
Learn more about the sudden death of this well-respected Confederate officer as he rode toward the front lines at Petersburg on April 2, 1865.
Mix politics and war at the Robert Toombs House Historic Site
Visiting the home of the Georgia planter, statesman and soldier is like taking a trip back in time.
Climb Sitlington's Hill at McDowell
McDowell was arguably one of Stonewall Jackson's most important victories and set the stage for his renowned 1862 Valley Campaign. Climb the Hill to see how and where Jackson did it.
Visit the Confederate Cemetery in Raymond
Raymond is the final resting place for a number of Confederate soldiers.
Visit the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library
Learn all about journalism in the Civil War from our nation's military newspaper, the Stars and Stripes, and how reporters went about bringing the stories back to the people at home.
Visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
This is among the premier facilities to conduct Civil War research and there are numerous other War Between the States connections here as well.
Visit the Savage's Station Battlefield
Although it is not one of the bigger battles of the Seven Days, everyone who truly wants to understand the campaign must come, see, and learn about the Battle of Savage's Station.
Visit the Surratt House Museum
Mary Surratt was the first woman to be executed by the United States government. Learn all about the conspiracy to kill President Abraham Lincoln in the museum that occupies her former home.
View the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site
Saratoga Springs, New York
This is where Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs even as he was dying of cancer.
Try to find a Civil War Ancestor
Whether you research your own or somebody else's ancestor, you establish a connection with our forefathers and learn something about the conflict that you otherwise would not have.
Imagine "Seeing the Elephant" at Harris Farm
Here, the 1st Massachusetts saw their first real combat of the Civil War. Many paid the ultimate price.
Visit the Eternal Peace Light Memorial
This is the only memorial at Gettysburg dedicated to peace and one of the few eternal flames in the country.
Visit Grant's Canal, Byerley House
Lake Providence, Louisiana
These are the only remains of General Grant's attempt, in 1863, to get around the fortifications at Vicksburg by using the backwater of Louisiana.
See the Civil War room at the National Portrait Gallery
Washington, District of Columbia
Gaze into a portrait of a Civil War general or politician and you'll be gazing into the past.
See where George Thomas became the "Rock"
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
Chickamauga is the bloodiest battle of the west and the second largest of the war. A visit to this impressive battlefield, especially the Brotherton Farm and Snodgrass Hill, is essential.
Visit and Explore the Williamsburg Battlefield
Williamsburg was the first significant battle of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's ill-fated Peninsula Campaign.
See the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site
The Battle of Carthage represents the only time a sitting U.S. governor led troops in the field; indeed against the federal government his state was technically a part of!
Take a bite of Hardtack
If you want an example of what the common soldier had to endure for sustenance during the Civil War, you have to bite and taste hardtack.
Visit the Texas Governor's Mansion
This is where Sam Houston struggled over how to keep his beloved state of Texas, which he had served since it was a part of Mexico, from rushing headlong into secession.
Visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
McHenry is the famous fort above which the "Star Spangled Banner" flew during the War of 1812; it served faithfully during the Civil War as well.
Tour the Chancellorsville Battlefield
Although the scene of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's greatest victory, it came at the loss of Lee's greatest lieutenant, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
Get a kid interested in the Civil War
It is up to future generations to continue the effort to preserve Civil War battlefields in this country and to keep the spirit and memory of that great struggle alive.
Stand where Grant and Meade were photographed together
Stand where the Federal high command was photographed just after the Battle of Spotsylvania.
Climb the Seminary Ridge Tower
Get a great aerial view of where Longstreet's Confederates attacked on the afternoon of July 2, 1863.
Inspect the works at the Fort Morgan Historic Site
Gulf Shores, Alabama
One of the crucial strongholds guarding the Port City, from Fort Morgan's ramparts, you can picture the grand Battle of Mobile Bay.
Tour the Cedar Mountain Battlefield
South of Culpeper, Virginia
The Battle of Cedar Mountain marked the opening salvo of the 1862 Second Manassas Campaign, and the only time Stonewall Jackson drew his sword in battle.
See Where Winfield Scott Hancock Became Hancock the Superb
At Redoubt 12, one of the best-known generals of the Civil War, Winfield Scott Hancock, first truly came on to the scene.
Go to a Civil War Round Table meeting
Expand your horizons about various Civil War subjects, and socialize with others that share your passion for the Civil War.
Visit the Big Bethel Battlefield Site
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Big Bethel was Virginia's first Civil War land battle.
See Where the Berdan Sharpshooters Came of Age
Newport News, Virginia
The Berdan Sharpshooters, one of the most prestigious units in the Army of the Potomac, got their start here.
Experience the General Grant National Memorial
New York, New York
One of the most important figures of the 19th century, Ulysses S. Grant, is buried there.
Visit the Groveton Confederate Cemetery
Established by local citizens in 1867, Groveton is the final resting place of 266 Confederate soldiers killed in both battles at Manassas, and it sits on the Second Manassas Battlefield.
Stand in the Middle Field at Third Winchester
The bloodiest field in the bloodiest battle in the Shenandoah Valley, once slated to become a residential housing development, is now complete with trails and interpretive signage.
Visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
The Lincoln Library and Museum is home to one of the biggest and most complete Lincoln and Civil War collections in the United States.
Learn about Maryland in the Civil War at the Historical Society
Maryland played a crucial role in the Civil War, straddling both sides of the conflict with diehards in blue and gray.
Go to the site of the largest surrender -- the Bennett Place
Durham, North Carolina
Appomattox may get all the notoriety but Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's surrender here was the largest surrender of the Civil War.
Follow in John Sedgwick's footsteps at Antietam
In the West Woods, you can walk a trail through one of the bloodiest woodlots of the entire American Civil War. Understand what happened to Sedgwick's division here.
See the Belle Isle Prison site
Belle Isle was one of the biggest Union prisoner-of-war camps.
Learn about antebellum Augusta at the Museum of History
The Museum of History in Augusta houses a stellar collection of Georgia artifacts.
Visit the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Home and Museum
This is where John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, had his broken leg set while he was fleeing justice.
Explore the Clara Barton Birthplace
North Oxford, Massachusetts
Barton's birthplace now houses many Civil War and American Red Cross artifacts which help paint a clearer picture of the woman called the 'Angel of the Battlefield.'
Run the blockade to Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, North Carolina
This crucial fort helped to protect Wilmington -- the last remaining Confederate port.
Visit the Tennessee River Museum
Learn all about the prominent role the mighty Tennessee River played in the Civil War.
Visit the National Civil War Museum
With a focus upon the war as a whole, this facility houses an outstanding collection of Civil War artifacts.
Visit the Custer Monument State Memorial
New Rumley, Ohio
See the fine statue of Custer at the site of his birthplace.
Visit Reynolds' Woods at Gettysburg
On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most respected generals in the Army of the Potomac, Gen. John Reynolds, was killed here.
See Chattanooga's National Cemetery
This final resting place of Union soldiers killed in the numerous battles and skirmishes also offers a splendid view of Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain.
Visit the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery
Camp Chase is one of the largest Confederate cemeteries in the North.
Learn about compassion during combat at the Clara Barton House
Glen Echo, Maryland
Stepping inside Clara Barton's home brings you closer to this enigmatic leader and gives you an opportunity to learn more about the woman who started a movement based on compassion.
Visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
See the home and final resting place of Lincoln's successor.
Tour the absolutely beautiful and historic Shiloh National Cemetery
Shiloh was the scene of more casualties in two days than had been suffered in all previous American wars up to that point. Its cemetery is one of most beautiful in the United States.
Explore Fort Delaware State Park
Delaware City, Delaware
33,000 Confederate prisoners were held here throughout the course of the Civil War.
Experience something you'll never forget -- an illumination
An illumination is visually stunning and by going you will honor those who gave their lives to the nation's epic event.
Visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House
This piece of early Kentucky history was the home of the future first lady Mary Todd
Visit Margaret Mitchell at rest in Oakland Cemetery
Oakland is the final resting place of five generals, thousands of Confederate soldiers, and Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind.
Visit site of Bishop Polk's death on Pine Mtn.
See the place where Confederate General Leonidas Polk was hit by an enemy artillerist.
Gaze from the artillery position at Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove was among the most strategically important sites on the Chancellorsville Battlefield.
Visit Chapman's Mill, Battle of Thoroughfare Gap
Broad Run, Virginia
If James Longstreet's wing of the Army of Northern Virginia had been blocked from joining Stonewall Jackson here, the Second Battle of Manassas might have been dramatically differently.
Go to a reenactment
See the smoke, hear the roar of cannon fire, smell the powder and get a glimpse into the incredible spectacle that was a Civil War battle.
Visit Battery Dantzler
Battery Dantzler on the James helped block the Union navy's approach to Richmond.
Stand in the Deep Cut at Second Manassas
This unfinished railroad bed which became a breastwork for Stonewall Jackson's men was the scene of repeated Union attacks on August 29 and 30, 1862. It is beautifully preserved and can be seen in almost original condition today.
Visit the McGavock Confederate Cemetery
McGavock is the largest private Confederate cemetery in the country.
Visit the Triangular Field at Gettysburg
During the Battle of Gettysburg, it became a virtual carpet of blue, gray, and red.
Browse images at LOC.gov
The Library of Congress offers the best platform and by far the highest resolution available for viewing a vast collection of Civil War photographs and drawings. And it's free.
See familiar names in stone at the Lexington Cemetery
An eerie final resting place of many of Kentucky's most famous sons and daughters.
Longwood's incomplete construction demonstrates the devastating impact the Civil War had on the economy of the American South.
Stand in the room where Grant and Lee met at Appomattox
On April 9, 1865, a magnanimous gesture by General Ulysses Grant to a worthy adversary helped heal the deep wounds of a bitter civil war.
Visit the General Mansfield House
The home of General Joseph K. Mansfield, an artifact in and of itself, also contains Civil War artifacts, photographs and some of the General's personal items.
See the place that made U.S. Grant famous: Fort Donelson
See where U.S. Grant earned the moniker of "Unconditional Surrender" Grant and how he gained the admiration of a nation desperate for heroes.
See the site of the Battle of Funkstown
This battle gave Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia one more day to get back to the safety of Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Tour the Glendale Battlefield
Glendale was arguably the most decisive battle -- and one of the best preserved battlefields -- of the Seven Days battles.
Visit the site of Libby Prison
Libby Prison was one of the worst prisoner-of-war sites in the entire Confederacy. Although the building is gone and a canal wall intrudes upon the site, you can still get a feel for the place.
Marvel at the largest Civil War monument -- Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Stone Mountain is the largest single Civil War monument in the country.
Visit Honey Springs Battlefield
Stand on the Civil War battlefield that turned the tide in favor of the United States Government in its wars with the Indians.
See where John Brown staged his raid -- the Kennedy Farmhouse
Visit the spot from where John Brown, the infamous abolitionist, began his famous raid on Harpers Ferry.
Visit Corinth National Cemetery
Visit the final resting place of thousands of Union soldiers that were killed in the various Civil War battles that took place around Corinth.
Read Sam Watkins' account while standing at the Dead Angle
Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
Although reading a first-hand account of a battle is often insightful, reading Sam Watkins' words at Kennesaw Mountain while standing there is truly moving.
Spend time in the great and historic City of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is one of the most historic cities in the United States and was centrally involved in both the American Revolution and the Civil War.
See the Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield
One of the first Union victories of the war, its location in what is now the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest is just a bonus.
See the wharves and Appomattox Manor at City Point
The Army of the Potomac captured City Point in May 1864 and made it their staging point as they laid siege to Petersburg. A failing seaport when the war began, it now makes home to Hopewell, Virginia and more than 20,000 people.
Pick up a Civil War cannonball or shell
Once you've picked up a cannonball or shell, you will have a small of idea what soldiers must have felt every time one of these things was sent hurling their way.
Visit Sabine Pass State Historical Park
Sabine Pass, Texas
Not one, but two significant naval battles were fought here during the Civil War!
Explore the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Museum
The museum - also Chamberlain's home - relates the events of his life that ultimately led to his Medal of Honor-winning actions on Little Round Top.
Visit Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield
Lone Jack, Missouri
This is the site of the bloodiest battles fought on Missouri soil.
Drive the extensive siege lines west of Petersburg
As the engagement at Petersburg expanded into a protracted siege between 1864 and 1865, both the Union and Confederate forces moved westward, building trench lines and forts while engaging each other in bloody combat.
Visit the notorious Andersonville Prison site
Andersonville was the most horrific of Civil War prisoner-of-war camps, and at its maximum tenancy of 33,000, the fifth largest city in the South for a time.
Stand in the room where Stonewall Jackson died
Visit the modest white clapboard building known as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine where the famous general crossed "over the river."
Walk the White Oak Road Battlefield
This battle spelled the beginning of the end for Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
Tour Belle Grove and Cedar Creek Battlefield
Historic Belle Grove plantation was at the epicenter of fighting during the 1864 battle of Cedar Creek.
Visit the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg
As Confederates plowed through Union defenders, this became one of the bloodiest places on the war's bloodiest battlefield
Visit Fallen Timbers
See where Nathan Bedford Forrest opposed William T. Sherman after the Battle of Shiloh.
Visit the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site
This is the only remaining building in which President Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
Tour the Sailor's Creek Battlefield
The battle of Sailor's Creek inflicted a devastating blow on the retreating Confederate army which surrendered three days later at Appomattox.
Watch Ken Burns' PBS Civil War Series
This series is arguably the best and most important Civil War documentary
Get advice from Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial
Washington, District of Columbia
Although Lincoln now "belongs to the ages," his words are as powerful as ever -- and there is no better place to re-read his classic addresses than at this monument to his memory.
See Philadelphia's Civil War sites
Key to the Pennsylvania war effort, learn how Philadelphia supported the Keystone state during the American Civil War.
See Fort Henry
The capture of Fort Henry opened the door for Ulysses S. Grant to begin his rapid rise to the top.
Understand Jackson's brilliance at Port Republic
Port Republic, Virginia
Port Republic was the final battle of Stonewall Jackson's Valley campaign -- six weeks that made Jackson a legend
Visit the Port Gibson Battlefield
Port Gibson, Mississippi
Port Gibson was one of the most brutal battles in the Vicksburg Campaign.
See the site of the Gettysburg Address
This first National Cemetery on a battlefield was the site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Learn about the Bloody 8th on the Cold Harbor Walking Trail
Learn the story of the 8th New York Heavy Artillery on this walk through the Cold Harbor battlefield
See the coolest camp you never knew -- Camp Nelson
Camp Nelson was the site of a major supply and recruiting station for the Union army throughout the Civil War.
See Jackson's Flank Attack in Gods & Generals
This is your one opportunity to see one of the most famous flank attacks of the Civil War.
Explore the Atlanta History Center's unparalleled collection
The sheer breadth and depth of this museum is only outshone by its absolutely incredible Civil War collection and exhibit.
Visit the Clinton Confederate State Cemetery
Clinton is the final resting place of hundreds of Civil War soldiers from both sides.
Stand atop Snodgrass Hill and tour the Chickamauga Battlefield
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
The Battle of Chickamauga, and General Thomas' stand on Snodgrass Hill, are among the most compelling events the Civil War
Learn how to load and fire a Civil War rifle
Without loading, firing and being engulfed in the smoke from a Civil War rifle, one cannot fully understand a Civil War firefight.
Visit the Newtonia Battlefield
Two different battles were fought in two different years on this same site.
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 Confederate Headquarters at Portici
The headquarters of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston offers a view on the battle from the perspective of the Confederate command.
See the best preserved DC area fort -- Fort Ward
During the Civil War, Washington D.C. was an armed camp bristling with fortifications. Fort Ward is the best preserved of this famous circle of forts that surrounded the capital.
Visit the Grand Gulf Military Monument
Port Gibson, Mississippi
Grand Gulf served as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's main base of operations throughout his famed Vicksburg Campaign.
Visit the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum
Carthage is the first full scale land battle of the Civil War about which few people know
Visit the Battle of Bull Run Bridge -- Liberia
This is an oft-overlooked battlefield. Stonewall Jackson and his men fought here, which certainly makes it worth a visit.
Experience Trial by Fire at Pamplin Historical Park
Pamplin Historical Park and its National Museum of the Civil War Soldier provide hands-on exhibits that will thrill children and adults alike.
Tour the Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg was the site of one of the most important battles and sieges in the entire Civil War.
Drop anchor at the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum
This is the premiere museum interpreting the Civil War at sea and among the only places you have a chance to see, hear and feel live firing of heavy Civil War artillery.
Stand in the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg
Wave after wave of Union soldiers charged against this position in one of the most lopsided engagements of the Civil War.
Visit the Confederate State House
The State House was once the Capitol building of the Confederate States of America. The first conscription act in American history was passed in this building.
Visit the Fifth Maine Regiment Community Center
Peaks Island, Maine
At the museum, there is a wealth of information about the Civil War, the history of the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment, and about the culture of Peaks Island.
See how wide the James River really is
Charles City, Virginia
The only way to truly grasp the extraordinary military obstacle of the James River is to stand upon its banks and gaze across. Crossing the James was a major step toward ending the Civil War in Virginia.
Stand where General Albert Sidney Johnston died
A devastating blow that resulted in the loss of the Confederacy's highest ranking general in the field, visit the tablet placed on the spot where Johnston bled to death.
See the fast-moving waters of Swift Creek
Colonial Heights, Virginia
Confederates staved off possible disaster here on the Richmond Turnpike on May 9, 1864, during Union General Benjamin F. Butler's Bermuda Hundred Campaign.
See Where Generals Stevens and Kearny died -- Chantilly
This battle, so often overlooked, claimed the lives of two of the best up-and-coming Union generals, Philip Kearny and Isaac Stevens.
Visit Shepherdstown and Boteler's ford
See where the Maryland Campaign penned its bloody postscript.?
Walk the Stuart's Hill Walking Trail
Stuart's Hill Walking Trail gives visitors access to important parts of the Second Manassas Battlefield not accessible by car and adds depth to the experience.
Visit the final battlefield: Palmito Ranch, Texas
Fort Sumter gets all the glory as the first clash -- but this Confederate victory was truly the last on American soil.
Contemplate charging trenches at Cold Harbor
As you walk this battlefield, you may experience a taste of the dread and terror that Union soldiers felt as they advanced on the maze of Confederate earthworks.
See another Slaughter Pen at Stones River
See where the Union made its stubborn stand amidst the limestone rocks of the Slaughter Pen.
See Battery Robinett
The only photographs taken showing dead soldiers on a western battlefield were made at here, at Corinth -- the crossroads of the Civil War.
Visit the Rippavilla Plantation
Spring Hill, Tennessee
This home on the Spring Hill Battlefield has been restored to its 1860s appearance, contains original family antiques and hosts a number of fascinating artifacts.
Hold a Minie Ball in your hand
Once you have felt a Minie ball in your hand, you can begin to get a sense of their devastating potential.
Have a wet plate photo made of you
Not only will you be learning something about the way photography was done back in the Civil War, but getting a wet plate photo made of yourself is a unique and fun opportunity as well.
Visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
St. Louis, Missouri
Learn more about one of the most important figures in American history, general and president Ulysses S. Grant.
See Crater attack in Cold Mountain
The beginning of the film contains the best depiction of the Battle of the Crater.
Stand in the Low, Confederate Position on Matthews Hill
Confederates made a bold and courageous stand here on Matthew Hill, allowing reinforcements to take position on nearby Henry Hill.
Discover Georgia's history at the Cannonball House and Museum
While the exterior of the house is notable for the damage it sustained during the war, the collection housed inside is the real find.
Escape from Alcatraz Island -- it was a Civil War prison
San Francisco, California
Learn the lesser-known history of internationally-famous Alcatraz
Visit Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, Maryland
It's one of the most important seacoast fortifications in the Washington, D.C. area.
Visit the Soldiers and Sailors Military History Museum
This site commemorates Allegheny County veterans who served in the Civil War and has been expanded to honor those who served through Desert Storm as well.
See the Confederate perspective below Open Knob at Perryville
This was the site of the Bluegrass States' greatest Civil War battle.
See where the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided
Although other parts of the Fredericksburg battlefield are better known, the Slaughter Pen Farm was the Union's best chance for victory.
See Ball's Bluff, a small battle with a big shadow
This small battle, fought along bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, had dramatic ramifications for the Union war effort.
Walk Grant's Last Line at Shiloh
Walking this line shows that Grant was very busy during the first day's fighting -- assembling a nearly impregnable line of defense.
See the real Wilderness at the Widow Tapp Farm
Stand at the spot where General Lee nearly lost the war in 1864, where one of Lee's most poignant moments occurred and where the woods still maintain the distinct character of the Wilderness!
Stand atop Chattanooga's heights
Stand on Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and try to understand how Grant captured all of them.
Visit the Kernstown Battlefield
Kernstown is notable if for no other reason than it was the only place that Gen. Stonewall Jackson was truly defeated in battle.
Visit the Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum
A beautifully restored building, Confederate John Bell Hood made his headquarters here in December 1864.
Visit Cabin Creek Battlefield
Big Cabin, Oklahoma
As Gettysburg raged in southern Pennsylvania, the Battle of Cabin Creek was being fought more than 1,000 miles away. Union victory in the battle maintained their presence in the Indian Territory.
See Port Hudson, last Bastion on the Mississippi River
Visit the site of one of the longest sieges in United States military history and where black Union soldiers fought for one of the first times.
View a Civil War site long gone
The field itself may be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't go and visit the site and honor the event and the people that were there.
Visit the Fort Davis National Historic Site
Fort Davis, Texas
This site protects one of the best remaining examples of a United States Army fort in the frontier southwest.
Visit the Shirley House
The Shirley House is the only wartime structure still standing inside the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Visit Mine Creek Battlefield
The Mine Creek Battlefield was the setting for one of the greatest cavalry charges of the entire war.
See Stonewall Jackson's horse at the VMI Museum
The VMI Museum is a treasure trove of Civil War history that stresses the role of the Virginia Military Institute in the conflict as well as the career of Stonewall Jackson.
Visit Fort Foote Park
Fort Washington, Maryland
This fort was the only one to remain active after the war, and you will have the opportunity to see some of Washington's best-preserved earthworks.
Visit the Famous Railroad Cut on the Gettysburg Battlefield
See the depth of the cut and appreciate its defensive capabilities. Many men were captured there on the first day.
Civil War to Civil Rights: Walk the Downtown Heritage Trail
Washington, District of Columbia
History permeates the city of Washington D.C. On this simple walking tour you can learn about the dynamic forces that drove social change.
Visit Windsor Ruins
Grant's army passed by the Windsor Mansion during the early stages of the Vicksburg campaign and its standing pillars are breathtaking!
See Where the Battle of Springfield Was Fought
Springfield was the site of one of the many battles fought to assert Federal authority throughout the fiercely divided state.
Stand Where S.D. Lee's Gunners Did, on the Brawner Farm
Appreciate why this position was heaven for S.D. Lee's gunners and why it was an absolute nightmare for the attacking infantry of Union Gen. Fitz John Porter's men.
Stand inside the Dunker Church
Walking into this house of worship, battle site, operating room, and photo subject, can be a profoundly moving experience, and much quieter than it was in 1862!
Climb Fisher's Hill
See how outgunned the Confederates had to be to lose this position.
Tour the most pristine of the National Military Parks -- Shiloh
Not all that much has changed at Shiloh since 1862.
Read a period account at the site where it happened
Because reading an account at the spot where it happened makes it that much more special.
Stand at the Chancellor House ruins
The Chancellor House foundation still remains, scene of one of those most dramatic moments of the Civil War.
Walk through the Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery
Visit the final resting place of Confederate soldiers who died in the war.
Tour the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield
Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee
It is absolutely critical to see where Forrest, with enemy in front and rear, ordered,"Charge 'em both ways."
Walk (or charge!) across Burnside's Bridge
Gazing at the formidable Confederate position above and walking across Burnside's Bridge fills you with a sense of awe and respect for those Union soldiers who did this under the harrowing fire of southern rifles.
See the Field of Lost Shoes at New Market
New Market, Virginia
Across this field the teenaged cadets of the Virginia Military Institute charged like veterans against a line of massed Union artillery. They captured a Union gun while suffering 20 percent casualties.
Visit Tredegar Iron Works, the Arsenal of the Confederacy
Tredegar was once the most important iron foundry in the South. Today, it serves as the visitor center for Richmond National Battlefield.
Visit the City of Hampton and the Old Church
The old church is the only surviving colonial structure remaining today in downtown Hampton.
Take the Driving Tour of Historic Raymond
This fantastic route covers all the Civil War sites in the Raymond, Mississippi, area.
Walk the Dimmock line at Petersburg
Confederate resistance along the Dimmock Line proved critical to slowing the Union advance in the early days of the campaign and led to the lengthy siege of Petersburg which resulted.
Visit General Sweeny's Museum
This museum will teach you all about the trans-Mississippi theater of the American Civil War.
Visit a great Civil War website like www.civilwar.org
You can get new information ranging from maps, pictures, biographies, histories, places to go and visit, teacher curriculums, and the latest preservation news amongst many other things.
Cross the Mason and Dixon Line
It is a key Civil War feature both geographically and psychologically.
The Battle of Westport Visitor Center
Kansas City, Missouri
Westport was the last full-scale battle fought in Missouri, and indeed west of the Mississippi River.
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.
Visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
See the home and final resting place of Civil War general and nineteenth President of the United Stated, Rutherford B. Hayes.
Visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
The famous "Battle of the Hemp Bales" took place here.
Explore bullet-riddled history at the Carter House
Visit the home and its simple outbuildings, including the most bullet-riddled historic structure on American soil, where the Battle of Franklin reached its bloody conclusion. A sad family tale awaits you there.
Visit Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam is the bloodiest single-day battle in U.S. history. More American men fell here in the Maryland countryside in 1862 than on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.
Visit the Fort Pillow State Historic Site
Fort Pillow was the scene of one of the darkest and most controversial episodes of the Civil War.
Help save a Civil War battlefield
The chance to save these unique resources is rapidly disappearing and anyone passionate about the Civil War should take part in the fight to save hallowed ground.
See where the Battle of Hampton Roads was fought
Hampton Roads, Virginia
The Battle of Hampton Roads brought the era of wooden ships to an end and ushered in the age of iron naval vessels.
Go Inside the Stone House -- A Manassas Battlefield Landmark
The Stone house is one of the most conspicuous landmarks visible on any Civil War battlefield throughout the country and has some soldier graffiti inside, too.
Visit Stonewall Jackson's Grave(s)
Lexington and Locust Grove, Virginia
Visit the TWO burial sites of Stonewall Jackson at the memorial cemetery named in his honor. He was initially buried under one stone, and later moved several rods away.
Visit Wheatland -- home of President James Buchanan
See the home of a man as intertwined in the coming of the Civil War as anyone.
Visit the Site of the Battle of Lee's Mill
Newport News, Virginia
See where Union troops almost cracked flooded Confederate defensive positions.
Visit the westernmost Civil War battlefield: Picacho Peak
Picacho Peak, Arizona
Go West?all the way to the westernmost of Civil War clashes and find out about this overlooked western Rebel victory.
Yes, they fought in New Mexico, too! Visit Glorieta Pass
Pecos, New Mexico
This is where the West was won . . . by the North!
Visit Historic Fort Snelling
St. Paul, Minnesota
Fort Snelling was the training center for thousands of Union troops throughout the Civil War, including the famed 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment.
Get a ranger tour of Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home
This is the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned.
Visit Rosemont Plantation, the Home of Jefferson Davis
It's the family home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Visit the State Museum of History
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Learn about the history of Oklahoma and its role in the Civil War, even when it was still Indian Territory.
Visit Camden Station
Some of the first casualties of the Civil War occurred here.
Visit Fraley Field at Shiloh
This is where the battle with unimaginable casualties started.
Stand on Carnton's porch -- where four generals lay dead
The setting of Robert Hicks's "Widow of the South," Carnton Plantation was a battlefield, a hospital, and a burial ground.
Learn about the Battle of James City: Opening of the Bristoe Station Campaign
This was the first action of the Bristoe Station Campaign, October of 1863.
Walk through the Bloody Cornfield
Miller's cornfield was the site of the one of the most terrible fights of the entire war. Union general Joseph Hooker reported that every single stalk of corn was felled by bullets "as with a knife," and that the dead "lay in rows."
Walk the Slopes of East Cemetery Hill
See where the Confederates captured cannons and broke the Union lines!
Visit the U.S. Cavalry Museum
Fort Riley, Kansas
The museum, built in 1855, is located on an actual Army base and relates the entire history of U.S. cavalry, from the Revolution through the mid-20th century.
Learn about slaughter and confusion at Saunders Field
Locust Grove, Virginia
The struggle for Saunders Field at the Wilderness marked the beginning of one of the longest and most savage periods of combat in American history.
Stand in John Brown's Fort
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Few towns are as well suited to tell the story of the coming of the Civil War -- and the war's terrible consequences -- as Harpers Ferry, the town that John Brown made infamous.
Stand on America's bloodiest piece of property -- Sherfy's farm.
Some 9,000 casualties were suffered on Sherfy's land in what Confederate General James Longstreet called, "The best three hours fighting ever done by any troops on any battlefield."
Visit the Fort DeRussy State Historic Site
DeRussy is a well preserved example of a fort made out of the earth and a water battery.
Tour Monocacy -- site of the"Battle that Saved Washington"
In the summer of 1864 when Confederate forces came dangerously close to marching on the Capital, the Battle of Monocacy slowed them long enough to save Washington itself
Visit Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West, Florida
Fort Jefferson is the southernmost of Union-held Civil War forts. As if you needed more of an excuse to visit the Florida Keys!
Expand your Civil War horizons at Fort Point
San Francisco, California
Fort Point served as (an unused) San Francisco defense during the Civil War. Visit the Fort and imagine a battle in San Francisco Bay!
Visit the Mill on the Mill Springs Battlefield
Mill Springs was the first major Union victory of the war. See where it got its name.
Visit the Pennsylvania Civil War Flags Collection
Enjoy the rare opportunity to see a variety of Pennsylvania's Civil War flags, up close
Stroll through Frankfort Cemetery
A white marble Confederate Memorial graces the Cemetery, the resting place of Daniel Boone and Theodore O'Hara, whose poem 'Bivouac of the Dead' is a fixture at many National Cemeteries.
See the incredible medical exhibits at Chimborazo Hospital
As Confederate hospitals go, Chimborazo had no equal in size, importance, and notoriety.
Climb a battlefield observatory
These platforms give you a birds-eye view of the field and make it much easier to visualize the disposition of the troops and the progression of a battle.
See the Attic at Historic Blenheim
Union soldiers left their mark on the place, literally. Names, dates, poems and drawings from representatives of at least twenty three different regiments ornament the walls of the building,
Visit the Manassas Museum(s)
This wonderful museum system tells the story and history of Manassas, especially in regards to the Civil War.
Visit Fort Granger
Union artillery at Fort Granger raked the Confederate flank during Hood's charge.
Take the Trevilian Station Driving Tour
This often-overlooked cavalry battle, fought on June 11 -- 12, 1864, has been called George Armstrong Custer's "first last stand."
Visit the White Oak Swamp Battlefield
In order to fully appreciate and understand the Seven Days' one must comprehend this action.
Visit the City of Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is a place bursting with old Virginia history. The town itself, characterized by its historic homes and churches, was the scene of urban combat amid one of the largest and most desperate battles of the entire war.
See where the president summered -- the Lincoln Cottage
Washington, District of Columbia
Aside from the White House, Lincoln spent more time here as president than anywhere else. Take a trip to the cottage that hosted a President who led a nation at war.
See fortifications of war, galore, at Fort Moultrie
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
Some of the first shots of the Civil War were fired from here toward Fort Sumter.
See and/or Read Gone With the Wind
Gone with the Wind must be the most beloved Civil War novel of all time and the movie remains the highest grossing domestic film of all time, when adjusted for inflation.
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 the Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace State Memorial
Point Pleasant, Ohio
This is the house where the future general and president entered the world.
Drive the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
The route that Confederate General John Hunt Morgan took during his famous 1863 raid represents the only significant action north of the Ohio River during the war.
Visit the Jefferson Barracks State Historic Park
St. Louis, Missouri
Jefferson Barracks proved to be one of the most important Civil War hospitals over the course of the war.
Visit Fort Smith: Gateway to the Indian Territory
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, situated on the Oklahoma Border, is one of the old gateways to the West.
Visit the Cross Keys Battlefield
Rockingham County, Virginia
Cross Keys was one of the crowning victories of Stonewall's Valley Campaign, and is a case study in using topography to one's full military advantage. The battlefield is pristine, making it easier to visualize.
Don a uniform or period dress
Literally take a walk in the shoes of Civil War participants
See where Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address.
Stand in the room at the Wills House, on Gettysburg's town square, where Lincoln put the finishing touches on his famous speech.
Visit the Lutheran Theological Seminary
Civil War hospital and observation point, the oldest active Lutheran Seminary in the country started in this building.
See the Belle Boyd House
Martinsburg, West Virginia
The famous Confederate spy, Isabelle "Belle" Boyd, lived here.
Walk the length of the Sunken Road
Both a defensive position and a trap -- few other landmarks are as synonymous with Antietam as is the "Bloody Lane." No visit can be considered complete without walking this hallowed path.
Visit the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
This site commemorates the nearly forty thousand Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag.
Visit Grant's Home in Galena
Get a sense of the General's roots.
Visit the Battles for Chattanooga Museum
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
The battles of Chattanooga come to life on an electronic map at this museum.
Visit Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site
Beverly, West Virginia
George McClellan achieved a Union victory here that propelled him to overall command of the Union Army of the Potomac.
Step into the Hunt-Morgan House
John Hunt Morgan was one of the premier cavalry commanders of the war, and the idyll of the Southern gentleman. Morgan's house offers a window onto the now-mythologized man.
Visit the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
With a focus upon the western theater and the actions at Corinth, this facility is among the best Civil War interpretive centers in the country.
Walk and Explore the Five Forks Battlefield
Five Forks was one of the last, crippling blows for Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, and led to the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond.
Visit the Ellicott City B & O Railroad Museum
This is the oldest railroad station in the country, and a site that was vital to the Union war effort.
Visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Washington, District of Columbia
Frederick Douglass was a prominent abolitionist and key figure during the Civil War.
Tour the Averasborough Battlefield
Dunn, North Carolina
Averasborough was the penultimate battle of Sherman's campaign versus Joseph E. Johnston in the Carolinas.
Spend the day at Jenkins' Ferry State Park
Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Battle of Jenkins Ferry, April 30, 1864, was among the most significant fights in Arkansas.
Stand in awe at the White Oak Museum
If you are fascinated with relics of the Civil War, the White Oak Museum is a must-see place. You will not see more Civil War artifacts on display anywhere.
Take the Battle of Nashville Tour
The Battle of Nashville was one of the last major battles of the war, and effectively signaled the demise of the once-proud Army of Tennessee
Visit the Union Eleventh Corps Line at Gettysburg
See where Union troops struggled bravely despite their militarily hopeless position.
See the Methodist Parsonage Ruins
These ruins are a landmark of the Malvern Hill Battlefield. D. H. Hill's Division passed directly by as they advanced southward towards Union lines.
Get a good look at historic Apache Canyon
near Santa Fe, New Mexico
Apache Canyon is a storied site in the history of the Old West, and in 1862 was the scene of a Confederate disaster, when their supply train was destroyed during the battle at Glorieta Pass.
See the strength of the Union position at Malvern cliffs
The view from the cliffs clearly illustrates the severity of the challenge faced by the Confederates on July 1, 1862. Still, only a determined stand by the 14th NY stopped the Virginians and North Carolinians from reaching their goal.
See the perspective from Sharpshooter's Ridge
near Santa Fe, New Mexico
During the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the 4th and 7th Texas Cavalry flanked and engaged the 1st Colorado on this spot. The sod structure below was used as a hospital by both Union and Confederate troops during the battle.
Visit the Marks' Mills Battlefield State Park
near Little Rock, Arkansas
Marks' Mills was crucial to the Red River campaign. Union troops under Steele were defeated here, preventing them from reinforcing Banks
Visit the old Lincoln courtroom and museum
This is the only courtroom in the U.S. where Lincoln practiced law that is still in use today. He won the case.
Visit the Corydon Battlefield
Corydon was the only battle fought on Indiana soil. In July, 1863 450 Indiana militiamen attempted to halt Confederate cavalryman John Hunt Morgan's raid. Morgan's 2,400 men easily routed the Harrison County men.
Visit the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
Baxter Springs, Kansas
This museum has excellent exhibits dedicated to the Civil War, with a focus on the amazing history of Quantrill's raiders
Visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins
Frogmore is a prime example of an antebellum cotton plantation, and offers one of the best historical tours to be had anywhere in the South.
Learn about the First Battle of Hagerstown
On July 6, 1863, during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, there was desperate fighting in the streets of Hagerstown as Lee tried to shepherd his army back to the safety of Virginia.
Visit the Bushwhacker Museum
The Bushwhacker Museum is the best place to learn the story of the partisan rangers and the role they played in the Transmississippi theater of the war.
Visit St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's is the only antebellum church still standing in Raymond. One can still see blood stains left behind by soldiers who fought in the battle there.
Visit the Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield
The battle at Beaver Dam Creek marked the opening salvo of Robert E. Lee's tenure in command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Learn about Southern leadership at the McCartney Hotel site
This was where Albert Sidney Johnston established headquarters as he tried to organize Confederate forces in the West in March, 1862.
See the site of the Woodstock Races
Toms Brook, Virginia
Early's Confederate cavalry, including the Laurel brigade, was defeated here by Union forces, signaling the end of the dominance of Southern horsemen.
Visit the Beautifully Situated Civil War Museum in Kenosha
In addition to being located right on Lake Michigan, the Civil War Museum in Kenosha houses a fantastic collection of artifacts and offers an outstanding immersion exhibit documenting the Midwestern experience.
Visit the Battle of Middleburg Marker
From the site of this marker you can see the stone walls that Rhode Island troops used to ambush North Carolina troops during the battle.
See Henry Bottom's House
The old house is a witness to the epic battle that raged all around it.
Visit Cherry Mansion
Cherry Mansion was Grant's headquarters before the Battle of Shiloh. He was there when the battle began.
Walk along Doctor's Creek
The Battle of Perryville opened along Doctor's Creek, when men of the 10th Indiana went for a drink and were met by the 7th Arkansas.
Visit Fort Jackson
Fort Jackson, named for Andrew Jackson, is one of the forts which guarded the lower Mississippi River and the approach to New Orleans. Farragut and his fleet fought their way past in early 1862.
Visit Zollicoffer Park
Named for Gen. Felix Zollicoffer, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Mill Springs, this park is the site of the fiercest fighting of the day and contains a Confederate cemetery.
Read Sam Watkins' Battle of Perryville Account
He fought in battles from Shiloh to Franklin. Find out why he called Perryville his hardest contest
Explore the Baltimore Civil War Museum
Housed in the President Street Station, site of a riot during the secession crisis of 1861 and one of the oldest surviving terminals in the country, the museum contains a good collection of Civil War and railroad artifacts.
See the Horses and Mules Memorial
Perhaps the only one of its kind, this monument, just across from the National Sporting Library & Museum, honors the more than a million horses and mules who died as a result of the Civil War.
Visit the Delta Cultural Center
Learning about the cultural history of the Arkansas Delta is key to an understanding of the Civil War in the Western Theater. Located in Patrick Cleburne's adopted home town, the center is a must-see
Visit Bellefontaine Cemetery
St. Louis, Missouri
Bellefontaine is the final resting place of some the most influential men of the 19th century, including William Clark, Stephen Watts Kearney, Thomas Hart Benton, and a number of Civil War notables such as Union general Don Carlos Buell
Visit the Mount Olivet Cemetery
Mount Olivet is the final resting place of fifteen hundred Confederate soldiers, as well as a number of generals and former governors.
Walk around Mt. Defiance
On June 19, 1863, J. E. B. Stuart placed his battle line on this tall eminence one mile west of Middleburg and met Gregg's Union attack.
Visit the U.S.C.T. Spirit of Freedom Memorial
Washington, District of Columbia
The names of every soldier of the United States Colored Troops is inscribed on this inspirational monument, giving the viewer a real sense of the magnitude of the commitment made.
Visit the Red Fox Inn
Established in 1728, the Red Fox Inn was a landmark even before the Civil War. J. E. B. Stuart was enjoying his lunch here when the Battle of Middleburg began and he had to flee from Union cavalry.
Visit the Dover Hotel (Surrender House)
The hotel was Confederate headquarters during the battle and a Union hospital in the aftermath. Grant and Buckner worked out the details of the surrender of Fort Donelson here.
Visit the Manship House Museum
The home of Charles Henry Manship, Civil War mayor of Jackson (which was burned twice), takes the visitor back in time to antebellum Mississippi.
Visit Fort Scott National Cemetery
Fort Scott, Kansas
Named by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, this cemetery is the final resting place of many Union soldiers of the Trans-Mississippi Theater (including 63 Colored Troops), but also 13 Confederate soldiers and 16 Native Americans.
Visit Fort Donelson National Cemetery
The cemetery at Fort Donelson is the final resting place of 670 Union soldiers, including fourteen U.S.C.T.
Visit McInturff's Ford
Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon's Division crossed the frigid Shenandoah here before advancing double quick on Sheridan's flank
Visit Fort Mahone
Confederate Fort Mahone, or Fort Desperation as the men called it, was the site of a fierce battle during the Petersburg Breakthrough on April 1, 1865
Walk the Colquitt’s Salient Trail
From this salient, on March 25, 1865, General John B. Gordon led a body of picked men to surprise and capture Fort Stedman
See Fort Haskell
Union survivors of the assault on Fort Stedman fell back to defend Fort Haskell, where they were mistakenly shelled by their own cannons. They stopped the Confederate attack, however.
Traverse Harrison's Creek
Harrison's Creek is situated in the heart of the Petersburg National Battlefield, and was an on two separate occasions served as an important dividing line between the armies.
Visit the Battle of Cool Springs Marker
On the banks of the Shenandoah River in the summer of 1864, Union troops nearly surprised Early's Confederates, but Gen. Robert Rodes led a flanking movement which saved the day.
Visit the Glendale National Cemetery
Over a thousand Union soldiers who fell during the Seven Days Battles, at places such as Malvern Hill, Frayser's Farm and Harrison's Landing, are interred at this cemetery, on the site of the Battle of Glendale.
See the Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy Marker
Levy 'took the gun of a sick comrade, went into the fight, and when the color bearers were shot down, carried the colors and saved them from capture' near this spot, becoming one of the first Jews to earn the Medal of Honor.
Visit the Watt House
On this plateau, the right wing of McClellan's Army of the Potomac resisted repeated Confederate attacks until nightfall during the Battle of Gaines' Mill.
Cross the Potomac and Climb Maryland Heights
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Though the climb can be tough (too tough for Abraham Lincoln), the view of the town and the confluence of the rivers is truly breathtaking.
Visit the War Correspondents Memorial Arch
This impressive monument is an homage to those who saw and recorded the war - in narrative and illustration - for the benefit of the American public at their own peril.
Visit the Battle of New Hope Church Marker
The church itself may no longer be standing, but the cemetery where some of Hood's Confederates faced off against Geary's Union men during a violent thunderstorm is still there.
See where Cleburne made his stand at Gilgal Church
In June, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign, three 5,000-man Union divisions attempted to dislodge Cleburne's Confederates from their position here at the intersection of Burnt Hickory and Sandtown roads. They failed.
See the Fifth Corps' Position Above Boatswain's Creek
Fitz John Porter's men took up a formidable position here during the Battle of Gaines' Mill, repulsing multiple Confederate assaults before a sustained effort finally broke through a two-mile front at dusk.
Visit the Reno Marker
Erected by Ninth Corps veterans in 1889, this marker stands on the spot where Maj. Gen. Jesse Reno was mortally wounded while leading his men at the Battle of South Mountain.
Stand at the Confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry is situated in a very strategic spot, but also a very beautiful one.
See the site of the North River Bridge
Port Republic, Virginia
Stonewall Jackson survived his closest call of the war here during the Battle of Port Republic, when General James Shields' Union troops nearly overran his position.
See Civil War graffiti at the Blenheim farmhouse
Visit Blenheim, a Civil War-era farmhouse whose walls are covered with over 100 signatures, poems, and drawings made by Union soldiers from the years 1862-1863
Envision the battery that stopped Hill's advance at Cedar Mountain
Visit the high-water mark of one of the most famous counter-attacks in the Civil War. The guns were posted along the ridge southeast of the intersection.
See where General Jackson drew his saber in battle for the only time
The sword was rusted to the scabbard from lack of use, and Jackson was forced to brandish a sheathed sword to rally his men near "the Gate" at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
Stand where Charles Winder stood his last
Cedar Mountain, Virginia
See where Brigadier General Charles Winder was mortally wounded while personally manning a battery on the northeast corner of the Culpepper Road/Crittenden Lane intersection.
Stand where Union General Jesse Reno was mortally wounded
Major General Jesse Reno commanded IX Crops of the Army of the Potomac, and is the namesake of Reno, Nevada. He was killed by a sharpshooter's bullet at Fox Gap during the Battle of South Mountain.
See where members of the Union VI Corps staged at South Mountain
Union Cemetery has an excellent vantage of the area between Burkittsville and Crampton's Gap. Members of Franklin's VI Corps witnessed much of the fighting at the gap from here.
Tour the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox
See the Museum of the Confederacy's extensive collection of flags, uniforms, and weapons.
See the Hazen Brigade Monument
Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee
Constructed in 1863, the Hazen Brigade Monument at the Stones River battlefield is the oldest intact Civil War monument in the country.
Visit Fortress Rosecrans
Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee
Wander still-intact Fortress Rosecrans, a massive system of earthworks constructed in 1863.
Stop by a building used as Gen. Johnston's Headquarters
Newport News, Virginia
Lee Hall mansion, an Antebellum plantation house, served as headquarters for Joeseph Johnston during the Peninsula Campaign
Relive the Battle of Dam No. 1
Newport News, Virginia
When Federals attacked a Confederate dam during the Peninsula Campaign, a small but fierce battle broke out. The dam is gone, but earthworks are still visible at Newport News Park.
Stand at the Crossroads at Champion Hill
Hinds County, Mississippi
Union and Confederate forces fought a savage contest at this vital road juncture during the decisive battle of the Vicksburg Campaign.
Visit the Coker House at Champion Hill
Hinds County, Mississippi
This recently restored home is the sole remaining wartime structure on the Champion Hill battlefield.
- Behold the Ulysses S. Grant Monument
- Browse images at LOC.gov
- Browse primary sources of the CS Capital at Civil War Richmond
- Check into Willard's Hotel
- Check out the Presidio of San Francisco
- Civil War to Civil Rights: Walk the Downtown Heritage Trail
- Climb a battlefield observatory
- Climb Big Round Top at Gettysburg
- Climb Fisher's Hill
- Climb Sitlington's Hill at McDowell
- Climb the Culp's Hill Tower
- Climb the Seminary Ridge Tower
- Climb the southwestern face of Little Round Top
- Contemplate charging trenches at Cold Harbor
- Cross the Mason and Dixon Line
- Cross the Potomac and Climb Maryland Heights
- Discover Georgia's history at the Cannonball House and Museum
- Discover the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
- Don a uniform or period dress
- Drive the Atlanta Campaign
- Drive the extensive siege lines west of Petersburg
- Drive the Helena, Arkansas, Civil War Sites Driving Tour
- Drive the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
- Drop anchor at the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum
- Envision the battery that stopped Hill's advance at Cedar Mountain
- Escape from Alcatraz Island -- it was a Civil War prison
- Expand your Civil War horizons at Fort Point
- Experience something you'll never forget -- an illumination
- Experience the Atlanta Cyclorama
- Experience the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania
- Experience the General Grant National Memorial
- Experience Trial by Fire at Pamplin Historical Park
- Explore Arkansas History at the Old State House Museum
- Explore bullet-riddled history at the Carter House
- Explore Fort Delaware State Park
- Explore Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters in Winchester
- Explore the Atlanta History Center's unparalleled collection
- Explore the Baltimore Civil War Museum
- Explore the Clara Barton Birthplace
- Explore the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Museum
- Find A.P. Hill's death marker at Petersburg
- Follow in John Sedgwick's footsteps at Antietam
- Gaze from the artillery position at Hazel Grove
- Gaze into the Crater
- Get a good look at historic Apache Canyon
- Get a kid interested in the Civil War
- Get a ranger tour of Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home
- Get advice from Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial
- Go Inside the Stone House -- A Manassas Battlefield Landmark
- Go to a Civil War Round Table meeting
- Go to a reenactment
- Go to Fort Monroe -- bastion, sanctuary, prison and more
- Go to Philippi
- Go to the site of the largest surrender -- the Bennett Place
- Have a wet plate photo made of you
- Help save a Civil War battlefield
- Hold a Minie Ball in your hand
- Honor the fallen at Marietta National Cemetery
- Imagine "Seeing the Elephant" at Harris Farm
- Inspect the works at the Fort Morgan Historic Site
- Learn about antebellum Augusta at the Museum of History
- Learn about compassion during combat at the Clara Barton House
- Learn about Lee's trap at North Anna
- Learn about Maryland in the Civil War at the Historical Society
- Learn about slaughter and confusion at Saunders Field
- Learn about Southern leadership at the McCartney Hotel site
- Learn about the Battle of James City: Opening of the Bristoe Station Campaign
- Learn about the Bloody 8th on the Cold Harbor Walking Trail
- Learn about the First Battle of Hagerstown
- Learn how to load and fire a Civil War rifle
- Marvel at the largest Civil War monument -- Stone Mountain
- Mix politics and war at the Robert Toombs House Historic Site
- Pay a visit to the First White House of the Confederacy
- Pay your respects to Abraham Lincoln at Oak Ridge Cemetery
- Pick up a Civil War cannonball or shell
- Re-trace John Wilkes Booth's Escape Route
- Read a Bruce Catton book
- Read a period account at the site where it happened
- Read Sam Watkins' account while standing at the Dead Angle
- Read Sam Watkins' Battle of Perryville Account
- Read the Battle Cry of Freedom
- Relive the Battle of Dam No. 1
- Roam the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
- Run the blockade to Fort Fisher
- See a Civil War road trace
- See a National Cemetery twice as large as Gettysburg's.
- See and/or Read Gone With the Wind
- See another Slaughter Pen at Stones River
- See Ball's Bluff, a small battle with a big shadow
- See Battery Robinett
- See Chattanooga's National Cemetery
- See Civil War graffiti at the Blenheim farmhouse
- See Civil War photos in 3D
- See Crater attack in Cold Mountain
- See familiar names in stone at the Lexington Cemetery
- See Forrest's "wizardry" at Brice's Cross Roads
- See Fort Haskell
- See Fort Henry
- See Fort Rosecrans
- See fortifications of war, galore, at Fort Moultrie
- See Henry Bottom's House
- See how Drewry's Bluff dominated the strategic James River
- See how Southerners slowed the Union at South Mountain
- See how wide the James River really is
- See Jackson's Flank Attack in Gods & Generals
- See just what the soldiers saw at Pickett's Mill
- See McClellan's headquarters at Antietam -- the Pry House
- See Philadelphia's Civil War sites
- See Port Hudson, last Bastion on the Mississippi River
- See Robert Lincoln's Sarcophagus at Arlington National Cemetery
- See Stonewall Jackson's horse at the VMI Museum
- See the 54th Massachusetts Monument on Boston Commons
- See the actual HL Hunley Submarine
- See the Attic at Historic Blenheim
- See the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site
- See the Belle Boyd House
- See the Belle Isle Prison site
- See the best preserved DC area fort -- Fort Ward
- See the bloodiest Seven Days battlefield -- Gaines' Mill
- See the Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield
- See the Civil War room at the National Portrait Gallery
- See the Confederate Camp at Morven Park
- See the Confederate perspective below Open Knob at Perryville
- See the coolest camp you never knew -- Camp Nelson
- See the damage a rifled cannon can do at Fort Pulaski
- See the fast-moving waters of Swift Creek
- See the Field of Lost Shoes at New Market
- See the Fifth Corps' Position Above Boatswain's Creek
- See The Great Locomotive Chase
- See the Hazen Brigade Monument
- See the Horses and Mules Memorial
- See the impressive South Carolina Confederate Relic Room
- See the incredible medical exhibits at Chimborazo Hospital
- See the Methodist Parsonage Ruins
- See the perspective from Sharpshooter's Ridge
- See the place that made U.S. Grant famous: Fort Donelson
- See the Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy Marker
- See the real Wilderness at the Widow Tapp Farm
- See the site of the Battle of Funkstown
- See the site of the Gettysburg Address
- See the site of the North River Bridge
- See the site of the Woodstock Races
- See the smallest National Civil War Park at Tupelo
- See the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
- See the strength of the Union position at Malvern cliffs
- See the wharves and Appomattox Manor at City Point
- See Upperville and learn of Drama at Vineyard Hill
- See vast small arms display at the Chickamauga Visitors Center
- See what used to be Gettysburg's most popular hill -- Culp's.
- See where "The Gallant Pelham" Fell at Kelly's Ford
- See where Booth shot Lincoln -- Ford's Theatre
- See where Cleburne made his stand at Gilgal Church
- See where Col. Turner Ashby breathed his last
- See where General Jackson drew his saber in battle for the only time
- See Where Generals Stevens and Kearny died -- Chantilly
- See where George Thomas became the "Rock"
- See where John Brown staged his raid -- the Kennedy Farmhouse
- See where Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address.
- See where members of the Union VI Corps staged at South Mountain
- See where the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided
- See where the Battle of Hampton Roads was fought
- See Where the Battle of Springfield Was Fought
- See Where the Berdan Sharpshooters Came of Age
- See where the president summered -- the Lincoln Cottage
- See Where Winfield Scott Hancock Became Hancock the Superb
- Spend the day at Jenkins' Ferry State Park
- Spend time in the great and historic City of Charleston
- Stand at the Chancellor House ruins
- Stand at the Confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers
- Stand at the Crossroads at Champion Hill
- Stand atop Buford's Knoll at Brandy Station
- Stand atop Chattanooga's heights
- Stand atop Snodgrass Hill and tour the Chickamauga Battlefield
- Stand in awe at the White Oak Museum
- Stand in John Brown's Fort
- Stand in the Deep Cut at Second Manassas
- Stand in the Low, Confederate Position on Matthews Hill
- Stand in the Middle Field at Third Winchester
- Stand in the room where Grant and Lee met at Appomattox
- Stand in the room where Stonewall Jackson died
- Stand in the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg
- Stand inside the Dunker Church
- Stand on America's bloodiest piece of property -- Sherfy's farm.
- Stand on Carnton's porch -- where four generals lay dead
- Stand where Charles Winder stood his last
- Stand where General Albert Sidney Johnston died
- Stand where Grant and Meade were photographed together
- Stand Where S.D. Lee's Gunners Did, on the Brawner Farm
- Stand Where Thomas J. Jackson Became Stonewall
- Stand where Union General Jesse Reno was mortally wounded
- Step into the Hunt-Morgan House
- Stop by a building used as Gen. Johnston's Headquarters
- Stroll through Frankfort Cemetery
- Stroll through the peaceful Poplar Grove National Cemetery
- Survey Savannah's defenses at Fort McAllister State Historic Park
- Take a bite of Hardtack
- Take a boat ride to where it all began -- Fort Sumter
- Take a Civil War driving tour with family or friends
- Take a mobile battlefield tour on your SmartPhone
- Take the Battle of Nashville Tour
- Take the Driving Tour of Historic Raymond
- Take the Henry Hill Walking Tour
- Take the Trevilian Station Driving Tour
- The Battle of Westport Visitor Center
- Tour a Civil War battlefield? in Florida! See the Olustee Battlefield
- Tour Belle Grove and Cedar Creek Battlefield
- Tour Hollywood Cemetery
- Tour Monocacy -- site of the"Battle that Saved Washington"
- Tour the absolutely beautiful and historic Shiloh National Cemetery
- Tour the Averasborough Battlefield
- Tour the Bentonville Battlefield
- Tour the Cedar Mountain Battlefield
- Tour the Chancellorsville Battlefield
- Tour the Confederate White House and Museum of the Confederacy
- Tour the forgotten battlefields of Bermuda Hundred
- Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield by horse
- Tour the Glendale Battlefield
- Tour the Malvern Hill Battlefield
- Tour the Mine Run: Payne's Farm Battlefield
- Tour the most pristine of the National Military Parks -- Shiloh
- Tour the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox
- Tour the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield
- Tour the Sailor's Creek Battlefield
- Tour the Spring Hill Battlefield
- Tour the Vicksburg National Military Park
- Tour Wilson's Creek -- "The Bull Run of the West"
- Traverse Harrison's Creek
- Try to find a Civil War Ancestor
- Understand Jackson's brilliance at Port Republic
- View a Civil War site long gone
- View soldier scribblings on the walls of the Graffiti House
- View the Monitor's turret at the Mariners' Museum
- View the St. Albans Historical Museum
- View the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site
- Visit a Civil War monument in a local courthouse square
- Visit a great Civil War website like www.civilwar.org
- Visit and explore Fort Stevens
- Visit and Explore the Williamsburg Battlefield
- Visit Antietam National Battlefield
- Visit Battery Dantzler
- Visit Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis' home on the Gulf
- Visit Bellefontaine Cemetery
- Visit Blandford Church and Cemetery
- Visit Cabin Creek Battlefield
- Visit Camden Station
- Visit Chapman's Mill, Battle of Thoroughfare Gap
- Visit Cherry Mansion
- Visit Chinn Ridge on the First Manassas Battlefield
- Visit Confederate Headquarters at Portici
- Visit Corinth National Cemetery
- Visit Ellsworth's Death Site in Alexandria
- Visit Ellwood in the Wilderness
- Visit Emmitsburg: On the Road to Gettysburg
- Visit Fallen Timbers
- Visit Fort Brady
- Visit Fort Donelson National Cemetery
- Visit Fort Foote Park
- Visit Fort Granger
- Visit Fort Jackson
- Visit Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park
- Visit Fort Mahone
- Visit Fort Scott National Cemetery
- Visit Fort Smith: Gateway to the Indian Territory
- Visit Fort Washington Park
- Visit Fortress Rosecrans
- Visit Fraley Field at Shiloh
- Visit General Sweeny's Museum
- Visit Grant's Canal, Byerley House
- Visit Grant's Home in Galena
- Visit Harrison's Landing at Berkeley Plantation
- Visit Historic Fort Snelling
- Visit Honey Springs Battlefield
- Visit Johnson Island Cemetery
- Visit Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
- Visit Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield
- Visit Longwood
- Visit Margaret Mitchell at rest in Oakland Cemetery
- Visit McInturff's Ford
- Visit Mine Creek Battlefield
- Visit Natchez Civil War sites
- Visit Pea Ridge: Where the Union saved Missouri
- Visit Point Lookout State Park and Civil War Museum
- Visit Raymond Courthouse
- Visit Reynolds' Woods at Gettysburg
- Visit Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site
- Visit Robert E. Lee's office and tomb at Lee Chapel
- Visit Rosemont Plantation, the Home of Jefferson Davis
- Visit Sabine Pass State Historical Park
- Visit Salem Church
- Visit Shepherdstown and Boteler's ford
- Visit site of Bishop Polk's death on Pine Mtn.
- Visit Spangler's Spring on Culp's Hill on the Gettysburg Battlefield
- Visit St. Mark's Episcopal Church
- Visit St. Peter's Church
- Visit Stonewall Jackson's Grave(s)
- Visit Stuart's death site at Yellow Tavern
- Visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
- Visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
- Visit the Alton Military Prison Site
- Visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
- Visit the Appomattox Station Battlefield
- Visit the Battle of Bull Run Bridge -- Liberia
- Visit the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum
- Visit the Battle of Cool Springs Marker
- Visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
- Visit the Battle of Middleburg Marker
- Visit the Battle of New Hope Church Marker
- Visit the Battles for Chattanooga Museum
- Visit the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
- Visit the Beautifully Situated Civil War Museum in Kenosha
- Visit the Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield
- Visit the Belle Meade Plantation
- Visit the Big Bethel Battlefield Site
- Visit the Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site
- Visit the Bushwhacker Museum
- Visit the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery
- Visit the City of Fredericksburg
- Visit the City of Hampton and the Old Church
- Visit the Clinton Confederate State Cemetery
- Visit the Coker House at Champion Hill
- Visit the Confederate Cemetery in Raymond
- Visit the Confederate Memorial Museum and Cemetery
- Visit the Confederate Memorial Park at Winstead Hill
- Visit the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
- Visit the Confederate State House
- Visit the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
- Visit the Corydon Battlefield
- Visit the Cross Keys Battlefield
- Visit the Custer Monument State Memorial
- Visit the Cyclorama at the Gettysburg Visitor Center
- Visit the Davis Bridge Battlefield
- Visit the Delta Cultural Center
- Visit the Dover Hotel (Surrender House)
- Visit the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Home and Museum
- Visit the East Cavalry Battlefield at Gettysburg
- Visit the Ellicott City B & O Railroad Museum
- Visit the Eternal Peace Light Memorial
- Visit the Famous Railroad Cut on the Gettysburg Battlefield
- Visit the Fifth Maine Regiment Community Center
- Visit the final battlefield: Palmito Ranch, Texas
- Visit the Fort Davis National Historic Site
- Visit the Fort DeRussy State Historic Site
- Visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
- Visit the Fort Pillow State Historic Site
- Visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
- Visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins
- Visit the General Mansfield House
- Visit the Glendale National Cemetery
- Visit the Grand Gulf Military Monument
- Visit the Griswoldville Battlefield Memorial
- Visit the Groveton Confederate Cemetery
- Visit the Hornets Nest at Shiloh
- Visit the House and Grounds at Chatham Manor
- Visit the Jefferson Barracks State Historic Park
- Visit the Kernstown Battlefield
- Visit the Lincoln Depot in Springfield, Illinois
- Visit the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site
- Visit the Little Rock National Cemetery
- Visit the Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Visit the Manassas Museum(s)
- Visit the Mansfield State Historic Site
- Visit the Manship House Museum
- Visit the Marks' Mills Battlefield State Park
- Visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House
- Visit the McGavock Confederate Cemetery
- Visit the Mill on the Mill Springs Battlefield
- Visit the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island
- Visit the Missouri State Capitol and State Museum
- Visit the Mount Olivet Cemetery
- Visit the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
- Visit the National Civil War Museum
- Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
- Visit the Newtonia Battlefield
- Visit the notorious Andersonville Prison site
- Visit the Old Court House Museum
- Visit the old Lincoln courtroom and museum
- Visit the Old State Capitol
- Visit the Old State Capitol State Historic Site
- Visit the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg
- Visit the Pennsylvania Civil War Flags Collection
- Visit the Port Gibson Battlefield
- Visit the Raymond Battlefield
- Visit the Red Fox Inn
- Visit the Remains of the Seven Pines Battlefield
- Visit the Reno Marker
- Visit the Rippavilla Plantation
- Visit the Rock Island Arsenal
- Visit the Rosehill Cemetery and Civil War Museum
- Visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
- Visit the Savage's Station Battlefield
- Visit the Sherman House
- Visit the Shirley House
- Visit the site of Libby Prison
- Visit the Site of the Battle of Lee's Mill
- Visit the Soldiers and Sailors Military History Museum
- Visit the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library
- Visit the State Museum of History
- Visit the Stoddard County Civil War Cemetery
- Visit the Surratt House Museum
- Visit the Tennessee River Museum
- Visit the Texas Governor's Mansion
- Visit the Thomas Viaduct
- Visit the Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum
- Visit the Triangular Field at Gettysburg
- Visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
- Visit the U.S. Cavalry Museum
- Visit the U.S.C.T. Spirit of Freedom Memorial
- Visit the Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace State Memorial
- Visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
- Visit the Union Eleventh Corps Line at Gettysburg
- Visit the Valentine Richmond History Center
- Visit the War Correspondents Memorial Arch
- Visit the Watt House
- Visit the westernmost Civil War battlefield: Picacho Peak
- Visit the White Oak Swamp Battlefield
- Visit the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum
- Visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
- Visit the Yorktown Civil War Battlefield
- Visit Tredegar Iron Works, the Arsenal of the Confederacy
- Visit Wheatland -- home of President James Buchanan
- Visit Windsor Ruins
- Visit Zollicoffer Park
- Walk (or charge!) across Burnside's Bridge
- Walk along Doctor's Creek
- Walk and Explore the Five Forks Battlefield
- Walk around Dalton Confederate Cemetery
- Walk around Mt. Defiance
- Walk around the strangest Civil War site -- Devil's Den
- Walk Grant's Last Line at Shiloh
- Walk the Brawner Farm Loop Trail
- Walk the Colquitt’s Salient Trail
- Walk the Confederate Lines on Seminary Ridge
- Walk the Dimmock line at Petersburg
- Walk the fields of Pickett's Charge
- Walk the Hallowed Grounds of Antietam National Cemetery
- Walk the length of the Sunken Road
- Walk the Ream's Station Battlefield
- Walk the Slopes of East Cemetery Hill
- Walk the St. James Church Trail at Brandy Station
- Walk the Stuart's Hill Walking Trail
- Walk the Union Lines at Gettysburg
- Walk the White Oak Road Battlefield
- Walk through the Bloody Cornfield
- Walk through the Fairview clearing
- Walk through the Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery
- Walk through the remains of the gunboat USS Cairo
- Watch Ken Burns' PBS Civil War Series
- Yes, they fought in New Mexico, too! Visit Glorieta Pass
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