Nine Southeast Region national parks have banded together to encourage young visitors and their families to visit the special places where the Civil War unfolded to reexamine what that terrible conflict means to us today. Children ages six and older can earn a special Junior Civil War Historian patches by completing the Junior Ranger programs at two or three of the participating parks and/or completing special online activities.
During their visits, young visitors and their families will have the opportunity to explore how the Civil War impacted the lives of everyone American then and still affects us as a people today.
Why did they fight? What was it like to be in the middle of a Civil War battle? How did civilians cope with the destruction of war? How did enslaved people seize their opportunities to gain, and sometimes fight for, their freedom? These are just some the questions Junior Civil War Historians can answer for themselves while they earn their special patch.
There are two ways to become a Junior Civil War Historian:
Become a Junior Ranger at three participating parks. Get a ranger to initial and date your activity card (available at all participating parks) or your Junior Ranger program booklets. Once you have become a Junior Ranger at three parks, turn in your activity card or Junior Ranger program booklets at a participating park to receive your patch.
Become a Junior Ranger at two participating parks and complete one online activity. Online activities can be found at http://www.nps.gov/stri/forkids/jcwhonline.htm. Turn in your activity card or Junior Ranger program booklets along with a printout of your completed online activity at a participating park to receive your patch.
The parks participating in this program are Andersonville, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Fort Donelson, Fort Pulaski, Fort Sumter, Kennesaw Mountain, Shiloh, Stones River and Vicksburg.