The American civil war is a defining moment in the history of the United States that shaped the modern nation we see today. There were many battle grounds that shed the blood of brothers fighting brothers on the two fronts of the civil war. Many of these historical locations are preserved to the best so that the visitors can get a glimpse of the landscape, buildings and to know how the geography affected the outcome of the war. People coming for the Washington DC tour make it a point to visit these historical locations that are 2 hour or less drive. Listed below are some of the civil war heritage monuments and locations, read ahead to know more.
John Brown’s Fort
John Brown’s Fort was originally the armoury’s guards and fire engine house where John Brown and many of his followers barricaded themselves and made the final stand during their ill fated raid of October 16, 17 and 18 of 1859. The current location of the structure is slightly altered after the original site was covered by railroad embankment. To go to the monument, you walk towards the buildings from the Lower Town Shuttle bus stop along the sidewalks of Shenandoah Street. The last building on your right side is the Fort and this is a must visit for any Washington DC monument tour.
Battlefield At Antietam
As part of American Civil War Washington DC tour you must visit the well preserved battlefields and this is one of the best preserved locations by the National Park Service. It is important as it will let you understand how the terrain affected a battle as well as the soldiers’ experience. You can explore the well-preserved rural landscape by walking through Antietam’s trials and visiting the museum at the visitors centre. Also, there is the self guided auto tour of the battlefield stopping at important locations.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
The Manassas National Battlefield Park is spread over an area of 5000 acres that covers different types of terrains like meadows, streams and woodlands. The ranger tour and hikes at the park are for those interested in the history of the park. This includes a self guided driving or hiking tour to key locations of the 1st and 2nd battles of Manassas.
A walking tour of the Arlington house grounds is a staple of any Washington DC monument tour and a scheduled tour of the mansion is available on request. The Robert E. Lee museum here is not to be avoided when you are visiting here.
These are some of the important locations that you cannot miss as part of your American Civil War heritage Washington DC tour.