Beleaguered Battlefields

Beleaguered Battlefields

The places where our ancestors fought and died during the Civil War are quickly being wiped out by strip malls, parking lots and roadways.

 
The places where our ancestors fought and died during the Civil War are quickly being wiped out by strip malls, parking lots and roadways. The Civil War Preservation Trust works to protect these sites so that future generations can have a sense of where the Civil War took place. That’s why the trust released a top 10 list of America’s most endangered battlefields in the following cities: 
 

• Atlanta, Ga.

• Bentonville, NC

• Chancellorsville, Va.

• Corinth, Miss.

• Franklin, Tenn.

• Gaines’ Mill/Cold Harbor, Va.

• Gettysburg, Pa.

• Harpers Ferry, WV

• Richmond, Ky.

• Stones River, Tenn.

These sites were chosen because of their location, military significance and the immediacy of current threats. The trust based its selections on a study by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission that prioritized sites according to significance and state of preservation. Read about each site’s history and current status at <www.civilwar.org/topten2002/introduction.htm>.

From the August 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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