30.1 Battlefields

The National Park Service ( maintains 19 Civil War battlefields and sites as parks and public sites. In 2015, 9.8 million people visited these sites. Visits to each site were as follows:

30.2 Trails

There are three civil war trails programs, as follows:

Civil War Discovery Trail

• The Civil War Discovery Trail ( links more than 600 sites in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Along the trail are battlefields, historic homes, Underground Railroad stations, cemeteries, and parks. The trail aims to bring history to life by exposing visitors not only to military history, but also to the political, social, and human components of the war. The Discovery Trail is overseen and administered by the Civil War Trust (

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: Gettysburg National Military Park:

Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP:

Fort Sumter National Monument:

Vicksburg National Military Park:

Manassas National Battlefield Park:

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park: Shiloh National Military Park:

Antietam National Battlefield:

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park:

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Stones River National Battlefield:

Fort Donelson National Battlefield:

Petersburg National Battlefield:

Richmond National Battlefield Park:

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield: Andersonville National Historic Site:

Pea Ridge National Military Park:

Monocacy National Battlefield:

Civil War Heritage Trails

• The Civil War Heritage Trails ( program has installed interpretive markers at Civil War sites in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. More than a dozen driving trails trace the entire history of the Civil War in these states.

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• The Civil War Trails program ( has installed more than

1,000 interpretive markers at Civil War sites in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Driving tours following major campaigns have been created, and a series of regional brochures is available.

30.3 Reenactments

Civil War reenactments are popular across the South, with numerous events held in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia. According to Camp Chase Gazette, the leading publication for the living history movement, there are about 120 reenactments annually. That number increased to almost 150 in 2011 as the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War was celebrated.

The Gettysburg reenactment during the 135th anniversary, in 1998, is considered the benchmark for such events, with an estimated 30,000-plus players and 50,000 spectators.

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According to Bradley Hoch, chairman of the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Steering Committee, the number of visitors to the area increased by 33% in 2011, to a record high of four million. Events continued through July 2013 with the reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Tourism-related spending of $2.7 billion was estimated for the entire sesquicentennial.

The enthusiasm for the sesquicentennial even spread to parts of the U.S. not known for Civil War lust. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, for example, Freedom Fair, a festival built around reenactments, ran for three weeks during each summer through 2014.

There are an estimated 50,000 serious reenactors in the U.S.

30.4 Market Resources

Civil War Trust, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 367-1861. (

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