Battlefields and Forts Worth Visiting

  • Sunset in Gettysburg

    Gettysburg National Park - Gettysburg, PA

    During July of 1863, the fields of Gettysburg saw some of the Civil War's most intense fighting, and today, it's one of the best preserved battlefields in the country. Walk the route of Pickett's Charge and stand on the spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in the Soldiers National Cemetery.

    Photo courtesy of Woody Hibbard

  • Firing the cannon

    Castillo de San Marcos - St. Augustine, FL

    Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL is the country's biggest and best-preserved masonry fort and witness to more than 450 years of Florida and national history. Built in the late seventeenth century, the fortress took 23 years to complete, and you can still see the original walls and armaments when you visit.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Revers

  • Monument in Vicksburg

    Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, MS

    Vicksburg was the city that held the Confederacy together during the Civil War, and leaders on both sides of the fighting knew it. Consequentially, one of the war's most significant campaigns was fought here and is commemorated at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The area includes a National Cemetery, 16-mile tour path, a restored Union gunboat and well over 1,000 plaques and monuments.

    Photo courtesy of NPCA Photos

  • The grounds of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter National Monument - Charleston, SC

    If you truly want to understand the history of the Civil War, you have to trace it back to its origins at Fort Sumter in Charleston. After 34 hours of artillery fire from the Confederate site, the fort was surrendered to the South and would remain so for nearly four years. This bombardment led to a declaration of war from Washington, and the fort became a symbol of Confederate resistance.

    Photo courtesy of Billy Hathorn

  • Cannon crew at Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh National Military Park - Shiloh, TN

    Shiloh National Military Park occupies the grounds where the first major battle of the Civil War's Western theater took place, a two-day confrontation that resulted in 23,000 casualties. The well-preserved battlefield includes an Interpretive Center with exhibits showcasing the tools, participants and results of war, and the park hosts several living history events throughout the spring and summer months.

    Photo courtesy of Shiloh National Military Park

  • Antietam National Battlefield - Sharpsburg, MD

    The bloodiest single-day battle in American history took place near present-day Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862 when Confederate troops invaded the North. Some 23,000 men lost their lives that day, and the Antietam National Battlefield commemorates the loss. A self-guided tour through the battlefield takes visitors to 11 different points of interest, including Dunkard Church and Bloody Lane.

    Photo courtesy of Maryland National Guard

  • Cannons at Fort Ticonderoga

    Fort Ticonderoga - Upstate New York

    Fort Ticonderoga in New York played host to five battles in two different wars. The French-built fortress saw fighting during the French & Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War, and the structure has been meticulously restored to its original condition. On display are over 1,000 muskets, swords and pistols from the 1700s, as well as everyday objects and uniforms used by the soldiers who occupied the fortress.

    Photo courtesy of heatkernel

  • Chapel of the Alamo

    The Alamo - San Antonio, TX

    "Remember the Alamo!" That was the infamous battle cry of the ragtag group of defenders who held the Alamo mission against the overwhelming forces of Santa Ana for nearly two weeks in 1836. Tucked in the middle of downtown San Antonio, the Alamo has become a symbol of Texas pride and a shrine to legendary figures like David Crockett and Jim Bowie.

    Photo courtesy of Sebastian Bergmann

  • The now peaceful fields of Little Bighorn

    Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument - near Billings, MT

    Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes the Battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custard's Last Stand, when the 7th calvary of the US Army under George Armstrong Custer faced off against Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Sitting Bull. Custer and hist 209 men were outnumbered and killed on what is now called Last Hill, a somber and now-peaceful place in central Montana.

    Photo courtesy of Raymond Hitchcock

  • USS Arizona Memorial

    Pearl Harbor - Honolulu, Hawaii

    Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is the only place on United States soil where Pacific theater fighting in World War II took place. You can still see the deck of the USS Arizona battleship just a few feet below the surface of the water, and oil has been continuously leaking from the engine room since that fateful day in 1941 when the United States was propelled into the war.

    Photo courtesy of jebvision