For Immediate Release: 09/09/06
Florida's Historic Camp Milton Named an Official Civil War Discovery Trail Site
Confederate Headquarters for Military District of Florida at Jacksonville Is Added to 600-Site Trail That Tells the Story of the Civil War
(Jacksonville, Fla.) - The Civil War Discovery Trail gained another site today when the 123-acre Camp Milton, Florida Park opened officially to the public. The Civil War Discovery Trail, created a decade ago by the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), tells the comprehensive story of the bloodiest war in the history of the United States. The Civil War Discovery Trail encompasses 31 states and the District of Columbia, marking the birthplaces of prominent Civil War figures, the battlefields where they fought, and the gravesites where they were laid to rest.
CWPT President James Lighthizer praised Preservation Project Jacksonville, the Florida Community Trust and the City of Jacksonville for protecting the environmentally sensitive land at Camp Milton and making it part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. He said:
"The Civil War Discovery Trail has a long history of bringing attention to battlefields, historic homes, antebellum plantations, stops on the Underground Railroad, cemeteries, museums, parks and other historic places and structures that, together, tell the story of the Civil War. Since its inception in 1996, we have continued to add to the Trail sites and stops that draw tourists from around the world."
In 2000, when the Civil War Discovery Trail was selected by the White House as a National Millennium Trail, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton called it a "visionary project that defines us as Americans." According to Lighthizer, "We are especially proud to include the historically important Camp Milton on the Civil War Discovery Trail."
Each site on the Civil War Discovery Trail is operated independently. CWPT helps promote these trail sites through its website (http://www.civilwar.org), a comprehensive guide book entitled Civil War Sites, published by Globe Pequot Press, and an extensive collection of maps produced by the National Geographic's MapMachine which are available on-line at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/civilwar.
With more than 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's remaining Civil War battlefields. Since 1987, the organization has saved more than 23,000 acres of hallowed ground. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.