For Immediate Release: 07/01/04
National Preservation Group Accepting Nominations for Endangered Battlefields Report
Annual Study identifies the most threatened Civil War battlefields in the United States
(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), the nation's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, is accepting nominations for its America's Most Endangered Battlefields Report. The report identifies the most threatened Civil War sites in the United States and what can be done to save these precious links to our nation's past.
"The most effective preservation tool in our arsenal is public awareness," notes CWPT President James Lighthizer. "The Most Endangered Battlefields Report is a rallying cry to the nation that our hallowed battlefields are in imminent danger."
The Most Endangered Battlefields Report is part of CWPT's ongoing effort to protect America's remaining Civil War battlefields. Nearly 20 percent of our Civil War battlefields have already succumbed to the backhoe and bulldozer. Once lost, these historic treasures can never be replaced.
The 2005 Most Endangered Battlefields Report is scheduled to be released this coming February in Washington, D.C. Any Civil War battlefield is eligible to be nominated. The ten sites to be highlighted in the study will be selected based on geographic location, military significance, and the immediacy of current threats.
"The task of monitoring the 10,000-plus battlefields where the Civil War was fought is enormous," Lighthizer remarked. "We simply cannot do the job without input from concerned citizens, history buffs and preservation activists."
Among the ten sites identified in this year's report were Chancellorsville, Va.; Franklin, Tenn.; Morris Island, S.C. and Wilson's Creek, Mo. The report also mentioned fifteen "at risk" battlefields that did not make the final ten. "Thanks in part to the publicity generated by the report, we expect that several sites will be able to claim preservation victories before the end of the year," Lighthizer predicted.
To nominate a battlefield, individuals and groups are encouraged to fill out the nomination form available online at http://www.civilwar.org/nominationform.pdf. Applications should include photographs of the site and a detailed description of recent threats. Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2004.
CWPT is a 58,000-member nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.