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New Paddlewheeler

American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), will offer Civil War themed cruises aboard its new sternwheeler, Queen of the Mississippi, currently under construction in Salisbury, Maryland. It will launch in summer 2012.

Passengers will retrace the steps of the Civil War, discovering famous museums such as Vicksburg’s National Military Park and New Orleans’ Civil War Museum; memorial monuments such as the 60-foot-tall statue of Robert E. Lee, also in New Orleans; and famous historic battlefields including those of Vicksburg, MS, and Nashville, TN.

Onboard, passengers will enjoy 1860s era-inspired cuisine, music and entertainment, while sharing war theories along the way with onboard Civil War historians and lecturers.

TN's New Resources

A complete list of Tennessee Civil War commemoration events is available at http://tncivilwar150.com. Separately, a new interactive application on Tennessee Civil War sites is now available. Hundreds of Civil War battle and engagement sites can now be viewed through aerial photography, street maps, land use and property parcel. A complete historical background of all the units that served is also available and organized by county. Images and documents from the Tennessee State Library & Archives are linked to the site. Check it out at http://tnmap.tn.gov/civilwar/.

New Podcast Tour

In Alabama, the Decatur-Morgan County’s CVB has a Podcast featuring a 13-block Civil War Walking Tour. The audio tour includes the story of a four-day struggle between Confederate and Union Soldiers and the history of many of Decatur’s Civil War sites. Visit www.decaturcvb.org.

African-American Service

Few travelers know that Norfolk, VA, is home to the nation’s only monument dedicated to African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Located at Elmwood Cemetery, 238 E. Princess Anne Rd., the West Point Monument memorializes black soldiers buried in the cemetery’s West Point section. This Virginia Civil War Trail site is highlighted by a statue of Sergeant Carney, the first African-American soldier to be killed in battle during the Civil War.



Civil War Sesquicentennial
Tales of "The General" & Marietta, GA

Marietta, GA, has an enticing list of Civil War sites. Perhaps the most amazing historical action is the theft of "The General," a Civil War-era locomotive stolen by the Union Army in 1862. While the theft was short-lived (just seven hours before the Confederacy recovered the choo-choo), it was the stuff of legends. If you're planning a visit to the Marietta area you'll also discover a Civil War battlefield, museum and cemeteries of the era. Plus, who can resist a look back at Gone With The Wind? Freelance writer Kathy Witt explains what to see and do.
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Kentucky's Top Civil War Sites for Travelers

In 1863, Kentucky was strategic -- straddling the border between North and South. Thus, it was considered critical to both sides in the Civil War. Today, Kentucky fields a wealth of battlefields, museums, historic homes and cemeteries that visitors on the path of history might explore.

Professional freelance writer Betsa Marsh showcases five of the Bluegrass State's Top Civil War historical sites. So come along!
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Camp Nelson, KY: African-American Service

As part of the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial commemoration this year, the Kentucky Historical Society has compiled a new series of vignettes to detail the people, places and programs that were, in some way, affiliated with Lincoln or his legacy. In this brief snapshot, the Society showcases the Union's Camp Nelson recruitment center in Kentucky. Come along to learn about this camp and its role in the War Between the States.
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Searching for Civil War History in East TN

In East Tenessee, the Civil War sites accessible to visitors tend to be smaller and off-the-beaten path. That said, the history is fascinating. While Tennessee was firmly a Confederate state, some locals in East Tenessee (see the blue star in the illustration) were stong Unionists. Join freelance writer Holli Haynie for a look at the diverse perspectives and Civil War sites of East Tennessee.
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In the Crossfire: Richmond's Civil War Sites

During the War Between the States (as the Civil War is called in the South), Richmond was the epicenter and capital of the Confederate world. It was a region of skirmishes, battles and hardships for soldiers and civilians alike. Decades later, Americans remain fascinated by the war's history and its lessons for a modern era.

A "must see" is the showpiece American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. This superb museum tells the story of the war from three different perspectives -- that of Confederate, Union and African-American residents and solders who endured great hardships during the conflict.

At Richmond's eclectic civil war sites, you might eye J.E.B. Stuart's plumed hat, take a gander at the world's largest collection of Confederate flags or view Robert E. Lee's coat. Thousands of Civil War artifacts are on display in the area's many museums and historic sites.

For the scoop on Richmond's Civil War heritage, let's head out with freelance writer Roberta Sandler who lives in Florida but has family in Richmond and considers that her home away from home.
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Time Travel: Vicksburg's Old Courthouse Museum

Perhaps nowhere in the South is the memory of the Civil War as fresh as in Vicksburg. The river town endured a 47-day siege by Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army in 1863. Tales of devastating hardships endured by the civilian population are legend -- still passed from generation to generation.

Modern day visitors to Vicksburg will be warmly welcomed. In addition to friendly locals, the region offers down-home Southern cooking that's savory. Travelers may also explore an 1860s-era jewel -- the Old Courthouse Museum.

This museum is the best place to understand life in Vicksburg during the war and in the decades that followed. It's a gem not to be missed!
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On the Trail: West Virginia in the Civil War

Did you know West Virginia was created as a separate state in the aftermath of the Civil War. Previously, it was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To preserve its war-time heritage, the state offers several free brochures that Civil War buffs may enjoy. Take a gander at what's offered for travelers seeking to explore the trails of history.
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Sleeping Giant: Florida's Role in the War

Everyone thinks of Virginia, Georgia or Mississippi for major sites related to the 1860s War between the States. But Florida in the Civil War?

Yes, it's true. While the Sunshine State wasn't as well-known a battleground as Virginia or Mississippi, for example, it was the site of several important Civil War battles and skirmishes.

Most critically, Florida's blockade-running efforts by Confederate soldiers and sympathizers helped keep supplies flowing to Confederate troops further north. Learn about three Civil War related sites in Florida that travelers might visit.
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