Visiting Civil War Battlefields
Explore the American Civil War with Trips to Battle Sites
The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War makes it a perfect time to take the family to see historic battlefields from that war. The sites already attract travelers who are Civil War buffs and those seeking family history, but make a great daytrip or longer vacation for anyone.
You may not think you are much of a history buff, but wait until you hear the stirring stories of what happened on these battlefields and actually walk for yourself on the same ground where hundreds of soldiers fought and died.
The Civil War was an epic upheaval that shaped the way the U.S. is today. Learn more about it with a fun and informative trip to a Civil War battlefield. Below are some recommended sites to visit.
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Tips for Visiting Manassas Battlefield
- Best Locations in the Manassas National Battlefield ...
The Manassas National Battlefield Park is a huge area just west of the District of Columbia. The park is loaded with ruins, paths, forests and replicas - a great opportunities for photographers.
A Civil War Memory Game - to play on your vacation
Get the kids intrigued by playing this game on the trip. This game can make the road trip go faster or provide some evening fun in the motel after a day of visiting a battlefield.
For ages 8 and up, this game is fun and challenging. Playing a game while learning facts about the Civil War is a great way to engage children.
Visiting a Battlefield Brings the Battle to Life
Plan a Visit to Gettysburg
- Whispers From the Past: A Ghost Walk in Gettysburg
Documenting my first ghost tour in Gettysburg, a historic town famous for its secrets.
- America's Most Haunted -- Gettysburg, PA "Devil's De...
On July 1, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops from Northern Virginia up to south central Pennsylvania, to a small, rural town called Gettysburg. He was confronted there by Union General George G. Meade, and although a scrimage had
- Bucket List: The Gettysburg Battlefields
A place of haunting beauty, the battlefields of Gettysburg are sights that those of every age can take solace in.
Allow At Least One Full Day or More for Gettysburg
Walking the battlefield and reading the signs explaining what happened at each spot takes considerable time to do thoroughly.
The museum exhibits are not-to-be-missed as well. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit there.
Some of the Sights You'll See at Gettysburg - Photos by Virginia AllainClick thumbnail to view full-size
Guides to Civil War Battles
You can find some information online about various battlefields, but this gives you loads of information all in one place. Browse this and plan your vacations around the locations of Civil War battlefields.
This Battle Was the Prelude to War
Virginia Civil War Battlefield Guide
Besides a wealth of battlefields to visit, there are marvelous museums related to the war in Virginia.
I Recommend the Battlefield and Museum Near Petersburg, Virginia
Look for Battle Re-Enactments
These events are colorful, full of action and try to be as authentic as possible.
Where Can You See Re-Enactments?
- Civil War Reenacting Events
A schedule of upcoming Re-enactments for the Civil War.
The Battle of Narcoosie Mill - A Reenactment in Florida
Less Known Battles in Texas and the Southwest
- A Re-Enactment of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta P...
March 17, 2010 While the most of the battles, including the major battles, of the American Civil War were fought in the eastern part of the nation, the West played a role as well. By the time of the Civil War the entire area encompassed by the...
- Civil War Battles in Texas
An overview of the many military engagements that occurred in Texas during the Civil War.
Search Online for Hours and Directions before the Visit
This is available from Zazzle: Howitzer Cannon Row Vicksburg by Soulshine51
Plan Your Trip to Vicksburg Battlefield
- Guide to Visiting Vicksburg National Military Park
Planning a memorable trip to Vicksburg Military Park? Or, perhaps you are just passing through? This article will provide you with firsthand experience on how to get the most out of your visit.
- My American Pastime: The road trip Part 2: The Battl...
The next morning the sun was out and I finally got to see the real Vicksburg. The day began with a beautiful shot of the Vicksburg Bridge from the patio of the hotel. At which point, I knew I was in store for a treat. One of the most...
Vicksburg - Well Worth a Visit
Vicksburg was a long drawn-out siege and the battle spread over quite a bit of land. You drive around to the significant points of the battle, park and walk around to see what happened at each place. The signs showing the positions of the troops were most helpful.
Some Battlefields Have Museum Exhibits Too
Research the Battlefield before Making the Trip - Not all battlefields have interesting displays
I was planning to travel to Mississippi to see the site where the Battle of Brice's Crossroads occurred. My great-great grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower, was captured there during the Civil War and spent the rest of the war in the infamous Andersonville Prison.
From the sounds of this video, Brice's Crossroads doesn't have much of a display. Perhaps the best time to go would be when there is a battle re-enactment. I've included several videos for those.
Check to See What There Is at a Battlefield before You Go
My Experience at Brice's Crossroads
In October 2016, we toured the battlefield near Tupelo, Mississippi. There were interesting plaques explaining the terrain and the events of the battle. You can drive from one to another, pulling over to read the details.
There are larger parking areas in several places so you can park and get out to walk around seeing more plaques and details of the landscape. One of the parking areas was the location of the fateful bridge that hampered the retreat of the Union troops. A wagon overturned on the bridge, then the infantry was blocked from escaping the Confederate cannon fire.
This is likely where my ancestor was captured. The plaque showed the location of the 93rd Indiana Infantry that he was part of. After being captured at this battle, he was taken to the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia. After six months there, he was paroled, but his health was damaged and it took many years for him to recover.
Learn about My Civil War Ancestor Who Inspired Me to Visit These Battlefields
- Abraham Bates Tower: Civil War Veteran
My great-great grandfather served in the Civil War with action at Vicksburg and then was captured at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads. He spent 6 months as a prisoner of war at Andersonville.
The 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads (where my ancestor was captured)
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