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The United States has plenty of history right here on the very land we walk on, despite the country being one of the youngest in the world.

The American Revolution has its day up in the northeastern corner of the nation, but perhaps no other American conflict continues to fascinate historians and amateurs alike in the modern era more than the Civil War.

It was a battle of North and South, ideology versus ideology, sometimes even brother versus brother.

Fortunately for posterity, many Civil War battle sites are maintained today and serve as open-air museums essentially. There are plenty of sites today that you can visit, from one corridor of the eastern United States to the other.

Here are three sites that are definitely worth visiting if you ever get the chance.

Columbus, GA

The people who have found one of the houses for rent in Columbus, GA, are the lucky ones; they don’t even have to travel to check out the site of the Battle of Columbus.

This battle came quite late in the four-year war, occurring on April 16, 1865. It was actually the last major battle of the war and the essential conclusion of the Union’s push through the Deep South.

The Union arrived at a Columbus defended by the Confederacy, who knew the Union would try to take the city since it was a major industrial hub at the time. Bloody battles from the 14th St. Bridge across the Chattahoochee during the day to confusing assaults at night ultimately led to a Union victory.

Today, you can tour several of the battlefield sites, starting at Columbus’s National Civil War Naval Museum and covering the bridge, the courthouse, and various other places.

Gettysburg, PA

Of course, you knew the famous 1863 Battle of Gettysburg battlegrounds would make this list. Historians know Gettysburg as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, and that’s because it claimed about 50,000 casualties over just three days of fighting.

To visit the site today is to understand the battle in great detail. The visitor’s center and museum present plenty of educational materials for you to learn from, including artifacts, shows, and things to read.

Outside of the museum, though, is the battlefield itself, which you can tour with guides or walk at your leisure. It’s eerie to witness these places where so many suffered and died and to learn their stories from the docents.

Every American should visit Gettysburg at some point.

Sharpsburg, MD (Battle of Antietam)

Rounding out this list is the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The 1862 Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, claiming almost 23,000 dead, wounded, or missing soldiers.

The memories of the brutal 12-hour battle haunt this place, you might say. When you visit, you can take in the natural beauty of the rural location while remembering the brutality that occurred there so long ago.

You can check out the historical information in the visitor’s center, visit the period Dunker Church, and of course, tour the battlefield at your leisure.

All of these places are worth taking in if you have even a passing interest in the Civil War.