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Museum, Military Park or Historic Site

City

Description

Arkansas

 

 

Arkansas Post National Memorial

Gillett

In 1862, Confederate troops constructed a massive earthen fortification here known as Fort Hindman. In January 1863 Union troops destroyed the fort, ensuring control of the Arkansas River.

California

 

 

Fort Point National Historic Site

San Francisco

Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Wilmington

Delaware

 

 

Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City

Union fortress housed Confederate POWs during the war.  Visitors take a ½-mile ferry ride to Pea Patch Island where a jitney provides transport to the granite and brick fortress opened in 1859.

District of Columbia

 

 

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Washington

 

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Washington

On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot while attending a show here. Museum contains portions of the Olroyd Collection of Lincolniana.

Fort DeRussy (Rock Creek Park)

Washington

Park encompassing some of the defenses surrounding Washington during the Civil War including Fort DeRussy, Fort Stevens and a battleground cemetery.

Fort Washington

Washington

Coastal fort outside Washington D.C., built in 1809.

Naval Historical Center
@ the Washington Navy Yard

Washington

President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home

Washington

 

Smithsonian Institution Washington  

Florida

 

 

Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site

Olustee

Commemorates the largest Civil War battle in Florida. In proportion to the number of troops involved, it was one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

Georgia

 

 

Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville

The largest Confederate military prison established during the Civil War. Includes a national cemetery with more than 17,000 interments.

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta

Confederate Naval Museum

Columbus

Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center

Columbus

Kennesaw Civil War Museum

Kennesaw

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw

Park preserves the sites of the Civil War battles of Kolb's Farm, June 22, 1864, and Kennesaw Mountain, June 27, 1864.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Savannah

Here on April 11, 1862, defense strategy changed worldwide when Union rifled cannon first overcame a masonry fortification after only 30 hours of bombardment.

Illinois

 

 

Gen. John A. Logan Museum
and Interpretive Center

Murphysboro

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Springfield

The Abraham Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois.

Indiana

 

 

Lincoln Museum

Ft. Wayne

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln City

Site of Lincoln's boyhood farm in Indiana where he lived from the age of 7 to 21.

Kansas

 

 

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott

First built in 1842, served as a Union garrison in Kansas.

Kentucky

 

 

Civil War Museum of the Western Theater

Bardstown

Jefferson Davis Birthplace

Fairview  

Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

Hodgenville

The Sinking Spring Farm where Lincoln was born.

Louisiana

 

 

Confederate Museum

New Orleans

Massachusetts

 

 

Boston African American National Historic Site

Boston

Located in the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, the site includes 15 pre Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African American community.

United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum

Quincy

Maryland

 

 

U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Annapolis

B&O Railroad Station Museum

Baltimore

Surratt House Museum

Clinton

Home of convicted Lincoln conspirator, Mary Surratt.

Baltimore Civil War Museum

Ellicott City

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Frederick

Monocacy National Battlefield

Frederick

Known as the "Battle That Saved Washington", the battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864, marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north.

Clara Barton National Historic Site

Glen Echo

Commemorates the life of Clara Barton. From this house, Barton organized American Red Cross relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war. The home served as the headquarters and warehouse for the organization.

Antietam National Battlefield

Sharpsburg

Lee's first invasion of the North was ended here on September 17th, 1862, in a battle that resulted in more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing.

Maine

 

 

Joshua L. Chamberlain House & Museum

Brunswick

Michigan

 

 

Henry Ford Museum

Dearborn

Huge museum of Americanna and historical artifacts including Lincoln's rocking chair from Ford's Theater.

Missouri

 

 

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Garfield

Preserves the site of the March 7, 1862 Civil War battle that led to the Union's total control of Missouri. Only Civil War battle in which American Indians participated.

Gen. Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History

Republic

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Republic

The battle fought here on August 10, 1861, was the first major Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River, involving about 5,400 Union troops and 12,000 Confederates.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

St. Louis

The site of Grant's Missouri farm, also known as White Haven, consists of 9.65 acres holding five historic structures: main house, stone building, barn, chicken house, and ice house.

Mississippi

 

 

Jefferson Davis Home

Biloxi  

Natchez National Historic Park

Natchez

Celebrates the history of Natchez, Mississippi and interprets the role the city played in the settlement of the old southwest, the Cotton Kingdom and the Antebellum South.

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Tupelo

The Confederate cavalry was employed with extraordinary skill here during the battle of June 10, 1864.

Tupelo National Battlefield

Tupelo

Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest tried to cut the railroad supplying the Unions march on Atlanta here on July 13, 1864.

USS Cairo Museum

Vicksburg

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg

Commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg which took place from March 29 to July 4, 1863.

New Jersey

 

 

The Civil War and Native American Museum

Hamilton Township (near Trenton)

New Mexico

 

 

Glorietta Pass (Pecos National Historic Park)

Pecos

The Battle of Glorieta Pass represented the high water mark for a bold Confederate offensive into Union Territory on the western frontier. New Mexico.

New York

 

 

General Grant National Memorial

New York

Grant's tomb in New York.

North Carolina

 

 

C.S.S. Neuse State Historic Site

Kinston

New Bern Historical Society

New Bern

Tryon Palace

New Bern

Ohio

 

 

American Civil War Museum of Ohio

Bowling Green

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Cincinnati

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Cleveland

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Fremont

Sherman House Museum

Lancaster

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Mentor

President Garfield's home in Mentor, Ohio.

Pennsylvania

 

 

U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center

Carlisle

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg

Largest battle ever waged in the Western Hemisphere was fought here July 1, 1863, resulting in a Union victory.

The Shriver House Museum

Gettysburg Restored house gives a perspective on the civilian experience during the war.  Guides in period dress lead tours which include the garret used by Confederate sharpshooters and the cellar 'saloon' where locals gathered to escape the fighting.

National Civil War Museum

Harrisburg

South Carolina

 

 

The American Military Museum Charleston

Civil War at Charleston

Charleston

Confederate Museum In Charleston Charleston  
Friends of the Hunley Charleston  

Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston

The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. Park also includes Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776.

Fort Moultrie National Memorial

Sullivan's Island (Charleston)

Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War.

War Between the States Museum

Florence

Tennessee

 

 

National Medal of Honor Museum
of Military History

Chattanooga

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover

The site of the North’s first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very heart of the Confederacy.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga
National Military Park

Fort Oglethorpe

The first national military park honors Civil War soldiers that fought for control of Chattanooga in 1863. Includes sections on both sides of the Georgia/Tennessee border.

Stones River National Battlefield

Murfreesboro

Civil War battle that took place at Stones River between December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1863 allowed the Union army to control middle Tennessee.

Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh

Scene of April 6, 1862 battle involving more than 100,000 Union and Confederate troops, during which nearly 24,000 were killed, wounded, or missing.

Virginia

 

 

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Appomattox

Here on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederacy's field army to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington

Biographical highlights of Robert E. Lee and information on the antebellum home of the Custis and Lee families overlooking the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. Robert E. Lee lived in this home for more than 30 years.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County
Battlefields Memorial National Military Park

Fredericksburg

Largest military park in the world features portions of four Civil War Battlefields: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.

Manassas National Battlefield

Manassas

The Battles of First and Second Manassas (Bull Run) were fought here July 21, 1861 and August 28, 1862.

Mariners' Museum

Newport News

Home of the USS Monitor Center

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Norfolk

Pamplin Historical Park

Petersburg

Petersburg National Battlefield

Petersburg

Setting for the longest siege in American history (9 1/2 months) when General Grant failed to capture Richmond in the spring of 1864.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Portsmouth

Museum of the Confederacy

Richmond

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond

Commemorates 11 sites associated with the Union campaigns to capture Richmond, including the battlefields at Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor.

John Singleton Mosby Museum Warrenton  

Wisconsin

 

 

Wisconsin Veterans' Museum

Madison

West Virginia

 

 

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry

Town changed hands eight times during Civil War, and was site of a diverse number of historical events, including John Brown's attack on slavery.

West Virginia Independence Hall Wheeling  
 
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