Civil War Era National Cemeteries
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
The National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and Federal Preservation Institute, the Department of Veterans Affairs Historic Preservation Office and National Cemetery Administration History Office, and the National Preservation Institute, in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, proudly invite you to explore the Civil War Era National Cemeteries. This Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary features 116 National Cemeteries from the Civil War era, all of which are listed or are eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
All 116 National Cemeteries are maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Park Service, or the Department of the Army. Visitors to the cemeteries can pay their respects to those who are buried there and view the historic buildings and landscapes. They can also choose to provide valuable volunteer services to these historic facilities.
The Civil War Era National Cemeteries travel itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience the historic places that shaped and illustrate the history and development of the National Cemetery system:
• Descriptions of each featured National Cemetery on the List of Sites highlight its significance, photographs and other illustrations, and information on how to visit.
• Essays with background on important themes in the development of the National Cemeteries during and after the Civil War offer context for understanding historic places featured in the itinerary. Visitors can read From Necessity to Honor: The Evolution of National Cemeteries in the United States, Death and Dying, and Designing the First National Cemeteries.
• Maps help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to historic places to visit.
• A Learn More section provides links to relevant websites such as tourism websites with information on cultural events and activities, other things to see and do, and dining and lodging possibilities. This section also provides a bibliography.
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