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Posted on April 11, 2011 in Trip Ideas

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, which began on April 12, 1861 when confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. With many observances taking place throughout the year, IgoUgo shares a few of our member photos and reports on touring Civil War sites.

This photo was taken at Fort Sumter. Callen60 reports that “some of the damage is still visible, but the structure is largely intact.”

Photo by eamar1

Zabelle’s visit to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond was enlightening. “What a different perspective on the War between the States you get here,” she wrote. “At this museum, the Southerners are Patriots… leading a second revolution to protect their rights and liberties.” She also reflected on the sadness the exhibit evokes: “It puts a face on the war and the face is very young.”

Gettysburg has a two-fold story. The Battle of Gettysburg, most often cited as the turning point in the war, had approximately 50,000 casualties combined between the two armies. And with the words “Four score and seven years ago,” Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has become what many consider the greatest speech in American history. Visiting the Gettysburg National Battlefield and Cemetery thesixofussmith were moved to say, “To think of how many lives were lost in the three-day battle saddens and humbles one as they look around.” They also viewed the location where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Photo by RoBoNc

Zabelle’s recent review of Bennett Place tells us that this was a highlight of a two-week visit to North Carolina. If you visit this small farmhouse, you will learn of the meeting of two generals and the signing of surrender papers. “I have been telling anyone who will listen that they must visit this site in order to have a more complete picture of the end of the Civil War.”

Photo by zabelle

For more information on upcoming events and Civil War Parks, visit the National Park Service’s page on the Civil War.

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