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Scene of Last Major Battle of The Civil War:

Siege of Fort Blakeley, Alabama

Just hours after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee miles away in Virginia, the Battle of Blakeley was fought at Fort Blakeley on April 9, 1865 at 5:30 p.m. It was a major news event in the ongoing coverage of the Civil War as depicted in the scene above from "Harper's Weekly" of May 17, 1865. "Probably the last charge of this war, it was as gallant as any on record," Harper's reported. Historic Blakeley State Park was created in 1981 to preserve the National Register Site and its 5 1/2 miles of pristine breastworks.


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The Civil War
Discovery Trail

The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than 300 sites in 16 states to inspire and to teach the story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on America. Along the Trail visitors may explore destinations such as Ford's Theater where President Lincoln was shot; Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history; antebellum plantations in Mississippi and Tennessee; and Port Hudson, Louisiana where hundreds of African American soldiers fought and died. The Trail includes battlefields, historic homes, railroad stations, cemeteries and parks. Civil War Discovery Trail sites are especially selected for their historic significance and educational opportunities. The Civil War Discovery Trail is an initiative of The Civil War Trust, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, state agencies and local communities. Major assistance is provided by our Founding Sponsor, Alamo Rent A Car, Inc.