The National Park Service has had an active web presence for quite awhile now. This week the organization has taken it up a notch by unveiling its official site for the 150th anniversary. There are many worthwhile blogs and websites for information regarding the conflict. What is unique about the NPS is that it is the caretaker for many of the places where Civil War transpired. To put it mildly, this give the Park Service a unique perspective. All told, the Service protects and interprets over 100 parks related to the war and its legacy. Some (Gettysburg) are obvious; Others (Aspet, the home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens) less so. The one safe bet is that wherever you live you are close a national park or monument, and probably one related to the Civil War. The sesquicentennial is an exciting time because it is quite consciously an attempt to make up for the failures of the centennial fifty years ago. Nowhere is this more apparent than when visiting our parks. Visit if you can. Nothing beats the real thing.

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

(image/National Park Service)