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Civil War sites (April 13)

Wednesday - 4/13/2011, 5:56am  ET

Evan Haning, wtop.com

If you plan to follow Civil War commemorative events over the next four years, this is a good place to start. The interactive Soldiers & Sailors System created for the National Park Service Sesquicentennial website lets you search the ranks for ancestors and others, telling you where each soldier fought, and which side they were on.

The Smithsonian's Civil War site is a National Portrait Gallery production, offering such rarely seen images as the ID tags soldiers made for themselves (there were no dog tags yet), Confederate postage stamps, "Grey Ghost" Mosby's crutches, a slave collar, Matthew Brady's studio portraits and much more. Both sites offer a wealth of links, such as the Park Service Underground Railroad Network.

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