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National Park Service News Release


For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2005
Contact(s):   David Barna, 202 208-6843

Gerry Gaumer, 202 208-6843

John Peterson, 202-354-1424


National Park Service Civil War Homepage Launched in Preparation for Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Why have more books been written about the Civil War than any other event in American history? Why did Americans take up arms against each other in the bloodiest war the nation has ever experienced? What role did African Americans play in the outcome of the war? What have been the long term implications of this massive struggle? These questions and more are posed in the official National Park Service Civil War Web Site at http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/. This site will provide the opportunity for this generation of Americans to connect with those momentous events and to learn, discuss and remember this country’s greatest national crisis.

“We are excited about this new website,” said Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service. “The National Park System has more than 70 parks with resources related to the history of the Civil War where our visitors can tour the real places where this struggle occurred nearly 150 years ago. In commemorating the 150th anniversary, our parks will participate in this major national event, helping to provide a better understanding of the war. We are particularly pleased that our web site will link to two major partners, National Geographic and the Civil War Preservation Trust, for more information on mapping and on battlefield preservation.”

The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War will officially begin in 2011 and be commemorated through 2015, and while most people would expect the four years of war to be commemorated, the events leading up to and in effect serving as a catalyst for war are equally important. The official National Park Service Web Site will provide links not only to the national parks but a variety of resources about the events, participants, leading figures, historical context, and other agencies and organizations that will be commemorating the 150th anniversary. These include historic sites in Kansas where the struggle between free state and proslavery forces anticipated the war.

Visitors will have the opportunity to search for ancestors through the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System: http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/, a searchable index of soldiers and sailors names that can be accessed on this web site. The index lists the ancestors of countless Americans. Individuals who served as leaders during the Civil War are well known, but millions of others whose contributions were beyond measure are nearly anonymous.

In addition, visitors to the site will learn about the approximately 180,000 African Americans comprising 163 units that served in the Union Army and the many more that served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. There are education programs, information about how to get involved with preservation efforts, civil war stories, and numerous other valuable resources to learn about these events and how to get involved in preserving this heritage or to participate in commemoration events.

The National Park Service encourages everyone to visit this site and learn about what truly was the greatest crisis this nation has ever faced.

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