Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 02/22/07

Media Advisory: CWPT to Reveal Nation's Most Endangered Battlefields

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will release an investigative report on the status of the nation's battlefields at a news conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The report, entitled History Under Siege: America's Endangered Civil War Battlefields, will identify the ten most threatened Civil War sites in the country and what is being done to rescue them.

CWPT President James Lighthizer will be joined at the news conference by former Congressmen Charlie Wilson and Bob Mrazek. Wilson is the central character of the best selling book Charlie Wilson's War , soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Mrazek is the author of the Civil War novel Stonewall's Gold. While in office, both men supported legislation to preserve Civil War battlefields.

Also participating in the news conference will be Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian of The History Channel. Dr. O'Connell developed and oversees "Save Our History," The History Channel's campaign to promote historic preservation.

The news conference will be held at 10 a.m. in the Frank Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club. Copies of the report will be available at the event. Refreshments will be served.

WHAT: News conference to announce the ten most endangered Civil War battlefields in the U.S.

WHO: Former Congressmen Charlie Wilson and Bob Mrazek; historian Dr. Libby O'Connell; and CWPT President James Lighthizer

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Frank Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our country's remaining Civil War battlefields. Since 1987, the organization has saved more than 23,500 acres of hallowed ground nationwide. CWPT's website is located at


  • Jim Campi or Mary Koik (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861


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