For Immediate Release: 11/07/11
Civil War Trust Recommends Six Sites for Veterans Day 2011
Veterans Day is a holiday set aside to honor America’s military servicemen and women. There is no better way to observe this day and pay tribute to our brave men and women in uniform than to visit one of our nation’s Civil War historic sites and battlefields. The Civil War Trust, has compiled a list of our favorite Civil War sites to visit for Veterans Day.
African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Washington, D.C.: The African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum honors the 209,000 black soldiers and their 7,000 white officers who fought in the Civil War. The highlight of the memorial is sculptor Ed Hamilton’s dramatic “Spirit of Freedom” monument. The names of the soldiers are engraved on plaques, placed on curved walls behind the sculpture. The recently-opened nearby museum interprets the African American experience in the Civil War. For more information, visit www.afroamcivilwar.org.
Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia: Located in central Georgia, Andersonville National Historic Site remembers the sacrifice of American prisoners of war from the Revolutionary War through Operation Iraqi Freedom, and every conflict in between. The park comprises the remains of Camp Sumter, where 45,000 Union prisoners once struggled to survive, as well as the National Prisoner of War Museum and Andersonville National Cemetery. Veterans Day weekend features the Avenue of Flags, a display honoring prisoners of war. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ande.
Carnton House and Plantation, Franklin, Tennessee: Carnton House and Plantation is located on part of the 1864 Franklin battlefield. In the days after the battle, the plantation was overwhelmed with more than 6,000 Confederate casualties, leaving the floors of the plantation forever bloodstained. Today, many of those causalities rest in the nearby McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Originally, the cemetery, with its 1,500 burials, was watched over by Carrie McGavock, popularly known as the “Widow of the South” for her devotion to the project, which was immortalized in a New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. For more information, visit www.carnton.org.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee: Located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was the first battlefield park created by the federal government. It encompasses hallowed ground associated with the two major battles that give the park its name, fought in the fall of 1863. For Veterans Day, the park hosts a special exhibit entitled “Enlisted Men of the Civil War,” which examines the life of the common solider of the conflict. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/chch.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Maryland: Established in 1990, the museum tells the story of medical treatment and the medical profession during the Civil War. The museum began as a private collection of medical artifacts. Today, the museum highlights the challenges faced by the doctors and surgeons of the Civil War-era and the medical innovations developed at that time. It also tells the story of camp life and the home front. In addition to its Frederick site, the museum maintains the Pry House Field Hospital on the Antietam battlefield. For more information, visit: www.civilwarmed.org.
Soldiers National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Soldiers National Cemetery was created in the fall of 1863, in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. The site, located on aptly-named Cemetery Hill, was set aside by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to properly bury the Union dead of the battle. Eventually, more than 3,500 Union soldiers from 18 states were reinterred in the cemetery, many of them unknown to this day. In November 1863, President Lincoln attended ceremonies dedicating the new cemetery, delivering his immortal Gettysburg Address. Today, the cemetery is part of Gettysburg National Military Park. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/gett.
The Civil War Discovery Trail, a network of 600 sites in 32 states, the District of Columbia and three international destinations, is an excellent resource in planning visits this Veterans Day and beyond. Explore Civil War history and plan your next trip online at www.civilwardiscoverytrail.org.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.