Thursday, June 11, 2009

CWPT--2009 History Under Siege

I recently received my renewal confirmation for the Civil War Preservation Trust . Included was the 2009 History Under Siege: A Guide to America's Most Endangered Civil War Battlefields. This pamphlet includes the 10 most endangered sites and a secondary listing of 15 at risk sites. This is must have reading for those of us interested in the Civil War. If you are not a member of the CWPT I whole-heartedly urge you to join immediately. This wonderful organization works to preserve our shrinking battlefields which lose approximately 30 acres every day. They work to obtain local, state, and federal grants to help leverage their own fundraising so that future generations can learn and enjoy where so many paid the ultimate price.

Below are the top 10 sites with their greatest threat:

1) Cedar Creek, VA--Limestone mining and electrical lines

2) Fort Gaines, AL--Gulf of Mexico and erosion

3)Gettysburg, PA--Residential and commercial development

4) Monacacy, MD--Waste to Energy facility proposed

5)New Market Heights, VA--Residential development

6) Port Gibson, MS--Highway road widening

7)Sabine Pine, TX--Weather related problems

8) South Mountain, MD--Power plants

9)Spring Hill, TN--Residential and commercial development

10)Wilderness, VA--Wal-Mart

The one that upsets me the most would have to be Wal-Mart. They already operate 4 stores within a 20 mile radius and are looking to open a fifth. What possible need is there? CWPT currently has an online way to voice your concerns about this to the local politicians. Please fee free to voice your opinions using this link: No to Wal-Mart.

This very brief at 16 pages and not full of huge detail this is a must read for those of us concerned about the future of our battlefields. Get a copy, write a letter, make a contribution (be sure to see if your employer will match it), and save some land. If we don't do it who will?

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