National Park Service launches Civil War website


WASHINGTON — As part of its commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and coinciding with events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the National Park Service has launched a Civil War-themed website at that provides an overview of the war.


The website features illustrated content, including stories of the Civil War; biographies of notable individuals associated with the war; places within the National Park System that interpret the Civil War; and information on the ways the National Park Service preserves Civil War battlefields, objects, landscapes and other historic resources. New content will be added regularly.


Among other features of the new website are:

Plan your visit — An interactive trip planning tool includes more than 1,700 Civil War sites around the country, including more than 100 national parks with Civil War themes.

Visitors can plan a trip to Civil War sites and more than 1,700 partner sites in between, including state and privately administered Civil War-themed historic sites and museums.

The Plan Your Visit tool provides maps, distances, turn-by-turn directions, and a description of and links to additional information about each of the sites.

Timeline – A comprehensive, interactive timeline of the causes, events and Civil Rights legacies of the Civil War, from the foundations of slavery with the arrival of the first Africans in America in 1619 to the present day.

Civil War reporter — Follow the adventures of Beglan O’Brien, a fictional Civil War era correspondent, whose daily reports on events from 150 years ago are streamed to the website via Twitter.

Related resources — The website also includes links to other National Park Service Civil War resources, including the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, the more than 100 national parks that tell the story of the Civil War and its enduring legacies, and “Then and Now” features showing how the events of 150 years ago continue to influence the America of the 21st century.

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