Get Your Hands Dirty Cleaning Up On Civil War Battlefield Park Day!

Head out to a Civil War battlefield park on April 6 to help tidy up the grounds. Photo of Confederate tunnel opening at Petersburg National Battlefield by Kurt Repanshek.

Get set for April 6th—Park Day for Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Started in 1996 by the Civil War Trust, Park Day is a nationwide event during which Civil War history lovers contribute a day of volunteer work to help maintain the war's historic sites.

The Trust says volunteer projects are determined by each individual battlefield or site and "can range from raking leaves to hauling trash to painting signs or trail building." This year marks the 17th annual Park Day. Want to get involved? Look below for a list of participating sites or go to the Civil War Tust's Park Day page that hotlinks to the parks and gives details about the event!

In other Civil War Trust news, the group was recently able to celebrate a victory in Franklin, Tennessee. Fundraising to save five parcels of land on Franklin’s “ground zero” was completed in February. “Ten years ago, we named this one of the most endangered battlefields in America, and demanded that Franklin stop paving over its history,” said Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust. By the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin in November of 2014, the Carter Cotton Gin Park will be open to the public.

One of the next campaigns the Trust is tackling is acquiring a total of 69 acres in three key Civil War battlefields in Richmond, Virginia: Glendale, Malvern Hill, and First Deep Bottom. All three battlefields saw significant action during the Civil War and these 69 acres will be contributing to more than 2,300 acres of hallowed ground previously saved by the trust.

Participating sites

AL
Fort Gaines Historic Site

AR
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Jenkins Ferry Battlefield and Park
Poison Springs Battleground State Park
Reeds Bridge Battlefield
Historic Washington State Park

CA
Cieneguitas Cemetary
Modesto Citizens Cemetery-GAR Section

CT
Fort Trumbull State Park

DE
Fort Delaware State Park

GA
Blue & Gray Museum
Fort McAllister State Historic Park
Nash Farm Battlefield
Andersonville National Historic Site
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Chickamauga Battlefield
Historic Prater's Mill
Dalton Confederate Cemetery

IL
U.S. Grant State Historic Sites

IN
General Lew Wallace Study and Museum

KS
Black Jack Battlefield National Historic Landmark
Constitution Hall Territorial Capital Museum Territorial Democratic Headquarters
Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

KY
Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site
Battle of Richmond, Ky.
Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site
Columbus-Belmont State Park
Middle Creek National Battlefield
Battery Hooper at James A. Ramage Civil War Museum
Mill Springs Battlefield Association
Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

LA
Camp Moore Confederate Museum and Cemetery
Mansfield State Historic Site

MD
Fort Lincoln Point Lookout State Park
Antietam National Battlefield
Fort Washington Park
Monocacy National Battlefield

ME
Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect, Maine

MI
Historic Fort Wayne

MO
Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Soldier's Cemetery & Museum
Battle of Athens State Historic Site
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
Fort Davidson State Historic Site

MS
Fort Massachusetts, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Raymond Battlefield
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center - Unit of Shiloh NMP
Vicksburg National Military Park
Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield Site

NC
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
NC Maritime Museum at Southport,at Fort Johnston
Smith-McDowell House
Fort Fisher Historic Site
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
Fort Branch Civil War Site
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
Bennett Place State Historic Site

OH
Johnson's Island Civil War Prison site
Rankin House State Memorial

OK
Doaksville Archeological Site
Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

PA
Gettysburg National Military Park
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highland Cemetery

SC
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

TN
Shy's Hill - Battle of Nashville
Britton Lane Battlefield
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Lookout Mountain Battlefield
Shiloh National Military Park
Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Park
The Mabry-Hazen House
Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery
Fort Granger (Battle of Franklin)
Fort Pillow State Historic Park
Stones River National Battlefield

TX
Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark

VA
J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust
Virginia Museum of the Civil War
Cold Harbor Battlefield Park
Fort Boykin
Mt. Zion Cemetery of Aldie, Virginia
Third Battle of Winchester
Brandy Station Foundation
Petersburg National Battlefield
Chancellorsville Battlefield
North Anna Battlefield
Wilderness Battlefield
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Cedar Mountain Battlefield
Historic Sandusky
Mine Run
Spotsylvania Court House
Star Fort, 2nd Battle of Winchester
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Newport News Park, Battle of Dam No.1
Cedar Creek Battlefield

WV
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Rich Mountain Battlefield