One hundred fifty years ago, the United States nearly tore itself apart. Soldiers in blue and gray struggled on battlefields across the country and changed the face of the United States of America.
Nine Southeastern national parks have banded together to encourage young visitors and their families to visit the places where the Civil War unfolded to re-examine what the conflict means today. Children ages 6 and older can earn a junior Civil War historian patch by completing the Junior Ranger programs at two or three of the participating parks and/or completing online activities.
During their visits, young visitors and their families will come to understand how the Civil War impacted the lives Americans and how it still affects the nation today.
Junior Civil War historians will learn why the war started, what it was like to be in the middle of a Civil War battle, how civilians coped with the destruction of war and how enslaved people seized their opportunities to gain — and sometimes fight for — their freedom.
There are two ways to become a junior Civil War historian:
Option 1: Become a junior ranger at three participating parks. Make sure a park ranger initials and dates children’s activity cards (available at all participating parks) or junior ranger program booklets.
Once children become junior rangers at three parks, they must turn in their activity cards or junior ranger program booklets at participating parks to receive a patch.
Option 2: Become a junior ranger at two participating parks and do one online activity. Online activities can be found at www.nps.gov/stri/forkids/jcwhonline.htm.
Children must turn in activity cards or junior ranger program booklets along with printouts of completed online activities at participating parks to receive a patch.
Andersonville National Historic Site
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nps.gov/ande
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Fort
email@example.com or www.nps.gov/chch
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nps.gov/fodo
Fort Pulaski National Monument
email@example.com or www.nps.gov/fopu
Fort Sumter National Monument
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nps.gov/fosu
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
email@example.com or www.nps.gov/kemo
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nps.gov/shil
Stones River National Battlefield
email@example.com or www.nps.gov/stri
Vicksburg National Military Park
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.nps.gov/vick