For Immediate Release: 08/26/05
National Preservation Group Accepting Nominations for Endangered Battlefields Report
Annual study identifies the most threatened Civil War battlefields in the nation
(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.
"Public awareness the most effective preservation tool in our arsenal," 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. Every day 30 acres of hallowed ground associated with Civil War battlefields fall victim to development and succumb to the backhoe and bulldozer. Once lost, these historic treasures can never be replaced.
The 2006 Most Endangered Battlefields Report will be released in February 2006 in Washington, D.C. Any Civil War battlefield is eligible to for nomination and consideration. The ten chosen sites 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 the 2005 report were Franklin, Tenn.; Morris Island, S.C.; Manassas, Va. and Wilson's Creek, Mo. The report also mentioned fifteen "at risk" battlefields that, although seriously threatened, did not make the final ten. In the past year, several of these sites have achieved preservation victories. "Thanks in part to the publicity generated by the report, we expect continued successes in the remainder of the year and in the future," Lighthizer predicted.
To nominate a battlefield, individuals and groups are encouraged to fill out the nomination form available online at http://www.civilwar.org/nominationform2006.pdf. Applications should include photographs of the site and a detailed description of recent threats. Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2005.
With over 72,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is www.civilwar.org.