Now is a great time to take your troops to visit one of the many Civil War battlefields and other related historic sites. To celebrate the sesquicentennial, 150th anniversary of the Civil War, many special events and programs have been held starting in 2011 and ending in 2015. According to the Civil War Sites Advisory Committee there were more than 384 significant battles that occurred and more than 10,500 engagements - so visiting all the battle sites might be a little ambitious but there are lots of options! 37 states - Maine to Arizona - have museums or related historic sites. The National Park Service has 71 civil-war locations and there are many sites managed by privately-run organizations. The Civil War Album and Civil War Traveler websites contain over 400 different locations to visit. The most visited Civil War parks are: Gettysburg National Military Park, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Let us know if you visit a military site in each state or if you achieve another related travel goal so we can add you as a Travel Goal Getter Record holder.
Battlefields with upcoming 150th anniversary events
helpful travel resources
www.civilwartraveler.com - Civil War sites by state, event calendar, information regarding 150th anniversary activities.
www.civilwaralbum.com - Civil War sites by states. Lots of maps and photos.
www.civilwar.org/battlefields - Battlefield information. Great animated maps.
National Park Service
www.nps.gov/civilwar/places.htm - Civil War Places to Visit
www.nps.gov/features/waso/cw150th/civwarparks.html - 150th Commemoration Information
www.nps.gov/ande/forkids/junior-civil-war-historian.html - Junior Civil War Historian Information
Kids can earn a special Junior Civil War Historian Patch for the 150th anniversary. Kids are required to complete Junior Ranger programs at three participating parks or two parks and one on-line. The activity booklets are excellent, but they do take considerable time to complete so plan to spend extra time at the parks.
our visit to Shiloh
We drove over the Tennessee River near Counce, TN and Pickwick Landing and saw Pickwick Dam and the Locks. Due to 9/11 security changes there is no longer a Visitor’s Center – but we got lucky and saw a boat in the locks as we drove over the river.