For Immediate Release: 05/17/09
Save Our History: Civil War Battlefields
World Premiere airs Saturday, June 23 at 8 pm ET/PT 'We lose an acre of Civil War land to development every 10 minutes...We're in a race against time...' (Jim Lighthizer, CWPT)
(New York, N.Y.) - Across the country, an urgent crisis is threatening the battlefields of America's most divisive and bitter period: The Civil War. Every day, development projects pave over 100 acres of battlefield land. The Civil War was a defining time in American history and it transformed our nation like no other event. The thousands of soldiers who shed their blood on these battlefields have earned the right to be remembered. The History Channel and the Civil War Preservation Trust are working hard to save our precious heritage and to insure that a new generation of Americans is aware of these CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS. This special program, part of The History Channel's Emmy Award winning SAVE OUR HISTORY campaign, premieres on Saturday, June 23 at 8pm ET/PT. The hour is hosted by , anchor of This Week in History on The History Channel.
According to a recent congressional report, there are nearly 400 principal battlefield sites in the USA. To this date, only 100 of them have received any state or federal protection status. 70 of the sites no longer exist due primarily to commercial encroachment and another 130 are seriously threatened by urban sprawl.
This program will explore several specific sites that are in danger of partial or total destruction and it will tell the stories of successful, failed and ongoing preservation missions. These include: Gettysburg, PA; Stones River, TN (Currently the #1 Endangered Civil War Site in the USA); Franklin, TN (Carter House); Nashville, TN (Fort Negley); Vicksburg, MS; and Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and The Wilderness (all in Virginia). In fact, Virginia is the state with the most federally protected Civil War Battlefield Sites (22) and its residents have long cherished their past and have worked hard to preserve their region's historic heritage.
As we move deeper into the 21st Century, organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust and The National Park Service have begun to make an impact. More and more people are becoming aware of these precious resources. The hope still remains that more of America's Civil War Battlefields will be saved. "So much of our culture involves the struggle that made this nation. And, the only way to appreciate America and its uniqueness, unity, civil peace and its liberties is to understand just how much sacrifice was involved in getting us here." (Senator Robert Torricelli, NJ)
SAVE OUR HISTORY is The History Channel's national campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Working with such distinguished organizations as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The National Park Foundation, we are proud to present four programs each year designed to bring the compelling stories of America's rich historical past into American homes and classrooms.
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.
SAVE OUR HISTORY: CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS is produced for The History Channel by Greystone Communications. It is written and produced by Brian Coughlin. Executive Producers at Greystone are Craig Haffner and Donna E. Lusitana. Executive Producer for The History Channel is Nancy Dubuc.
Now reaching more than 71 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel reveals the power and passion of history as an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel is the only place "Where the Past Comes Alive." The History Channel received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's "Save Our History" campaign dedicated to historic preservation. The History Channel web site is located at www.HistoryChannel.com.