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Gettysburg Battlefield -- Virtual Tour describes with photos and text the three-day battle that marked the turning point in the Civil War. The site gives detailed descriptions of each day of the battle and further texts...  (National Park Service)
The Great War (World War I) features interviews with 19 historians who were consulted in the making of the 8-part PBS series on World War I. Maps, bibliographies, online links, and a timeline are also at the...  (KCET, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Attu: North American Battleground of World War II is the site of the only land battle on the North American continent during World War II. In June 1942, Japanese forces invaded Attu and other Aleautian islands. Americans feared the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Guilford Courthouse: A Pivotal Battle in the War for Independence looks at this battle—how it was fought; how its outcome was characterized, including reports from both General Nathanael Greene and Lord Cornwallis; and why it was important. About...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Manassas Battlefield History recounts two Civil War battles fought in Manassas, Virginia. The first battle marked the first clash of the Northern and Southern armies. As the battle approached, enthusiastic young...  (National Park Service)
Saratoga: The Tide Turns on the Frontier describes the two Battles of Saratoga. The two battles and surrender of the British in October of 1777 are often called the turning point of the American Revolution because they...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Battle of Oriskany: Blood Shed a Stream Running Down tells how long-standing prejudices and the Revolutionary War unleashed massive bloodshed among inhabitants of New York's Mohawk Valley. Located in rich farmland and at a strategic...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Battle of Bennington: An American Victory recounts a small but important triumph in the summer of 1777. For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army along the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor, capturing several...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Siege and Battle of Corinth: A New Kind of War tells the story of two Civil War engagements near Corinth, a small Mississippi town established in the 1850s where two railroads crossed. On October 2, 1862, Confederates attacked...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War features a timeline of America's wars, from the Revolution to Iraq. Watch an interactive presentation on each war -- slideshows and movies, text and photos, and dozens of artifacts...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Raid on Deerfield: the Many Stories of 1704 tells the story that began when 300 French and Native allies invaded the English settlement of Deerfield, MA. They captured 112 Deerfield men, women, and children, whom they marched...  (Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), supported by Multiple Agencies)
Napoleon Interactive Battlefield Simulator tests your battle strategy. Watch video clips on the battles of Lodi, Austerlitz and Waterloo. Historically, a Major Allied Victory was the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo. If you...  (PBS, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a database of over 6 million soldiers and sailors who served on both sides of the Civil War. Search by name, state, unit, or function. See descriptions of 384 significant battles...  (National Park Service)
Battle of Stones River: The Soldiers' Story provides readings, maps, and visual representations of this battle near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was the second bloodiest battle fought west of the Appalachians during the Civil...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Campaign for Vicksburg, 1863 describes the effort of the Union Army of Tennessee to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi. Taking Vicksburg was the key to ending the Civil War. It was the key to regaining control of...  (National Park Service)
These Honored Dead: The Battle of Rivers Bridge and Civil War Combat Casualties recounts a battle in a cold, rainy swamp in South Carolina during the last year of the war. In contrast to major campaigns and battles, this small battle presents the war on a human...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Valley Forge looks at the campsite that marked a turning point in the American Revolution. By 1777, General Washington had suffered more defeats than victories. He sought a winter campsite that...  (National Park Service)
Battle of Glorieta Pass: A Shattered Dream examines a Civil War battle known as the "Gettysburg of the West." Texans invaded this mountain valley, intent on conquering New Mexico. Victory here would be a necessary prelude to...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Battle of Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific examines a pivotal World War II battle. In the spring of 1942, Japan attempted to establish a toehold in the Aleutian Islands, convert Midway into an air base for invading Hawaii, and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Fort Pickens and the Outbreak of the Civil War recounts what happened in the Pensacola Bay just before the Civil War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam Slemmer knew his 51 troops could not defend all four of their forts if Southern troops...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War recounts what happened at this plantation overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. The house served as a headquarters and communications center for generals and commanders. When General...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Battle of Mill Springs: The Civil War Divides a Border State focuses on a key Civil War battle to demonstrate how both the Union and the Confederacy attempted to win the loyalty of the citizens of Kentucky. The site presents maps, readings from...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Camp Life: Civil War Collections from Gettysburg features photographs and text from three exhibits: living in a camp, existing day to day, and battling boredom...  (National Park Service)
First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence looks at the first conflict of the Civil War, the battle of Bull Run. More than 5,000 people perished -- Northern and Southern troops, as well as private citizens who came from...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Battle of Bunker Hill: Now We Are at War describes how this American Revolution battle spurred colonial unity and sparked the formation of the Continental Army...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg aims to help students understand the Gettysburg Campaign and the major actions of the armies during each day of the battle, as well as the motives and experiences of several...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Siege of Port Hudson: Forty Days and Nights in the Wilderness of Death describes the struggle for control of the vital Mississippi River during the Civil War. It discusses the tactics, theories, and ramifications of this battle between the North and the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay presents firsthand accounts, maps, and more pertaining to this Civil War conflict (August 5, 1864) in which Union Admiral David Farragut led about 20 ships and vessels into the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
American Revolutionary War: Morristown National Historic Park describes the mansion and environs where General Washington and his aides were headquartered for 200 days. It was here in the Ford Mansion that he met with officers, scouts, spies...  (National Park Service)
Battle of Honey Springs: The Civil War Comes to the Indian Territory illustrates how the war, when it moved to the rolling prairie of now eastern Oklahoma, divided Native Americans. It includes maps, soldiers' accounts of the battle, and illustrations...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
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