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History Under Siege

CWPT just released its 2010 History Under Siege report. This annual report highlights the many threats facing our Civil War battlefields and highlights 10 of the most endangered battlefields. This year's report includes videos, interactive maps, photos, and more.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

May 2010
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

As many of you know, each year we release our list of the most endangered Civil War battlefields - our History Under Siege report. All across the country, our nation's irreplaceable battlefields - these tangible links to our shared history - are threatened by inappropriate development, misguided public policy, limited financial resources and, in some cases, simple apathy.

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history, and as we prepare for that seminal moment, it is an opportune time to shine a spotlight on the places that tell America's story. I hope you'll take a moment to read our History Under Siege report, which is fully available online, and learn more about how you can help us in stopping the destruction of our nation's Civil War history.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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CWPT 2010 Photography Contest

Photo Contest 2010

CWPT is proud to announce the opening of its annual Civil War photography contest. This ever-popular event helps to showcase your great Civil War battlefield photos. For this year's contest we've added a High School and "Peoples' Choice" categories.

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The Civil War in Kentucky: A House Divided

A House Divided

With our CWPT Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, just around the corner learn more about the great Civil War struggle for this important border state - from Zollicoffer's death to Bragg's invasion and Morgan's Raid.

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New Most Endangered Battlefields Quiz

Most Endangered Battlefields Quiz

How much do you know about our Top 10 Most Endangered Civil War battlefields? Our new online quiz will test your Civil War knowledge and educate you as to the threats facing our battlefields.

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New Battlefield Page: Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak

Learn about the battle between a band of Confederate Rangers and the California Column in the dusty Arizona territory - the most westerly of all Civil War battles. Our new battlefield page includes history articles, photos, maps, and more.

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New Battlefield Page: Thoroughfare Gap

Thoroughfare Gap

The sharp battle of Thoroughfare Gap on August 28, 1862, would allow Longstreet's Confederate division to arrive in time to drive John Pope's Army of Virginia from the Second Manassas battlefield. Learn more about this important and endangered battlefield.

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Echoes from the Boys of Company H


Read CWPT's interview with historian and author Neal Wixson. Mr. Wixson's new book, Echoes from the Boys of Company H, focuses on the experience of soldiers from the 100th New York who fought at Yorktown, the Seven Days, Battery Wagner, and Petersburg.

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