15 Additional At Risk Sites

Most Endangered Battlefields 2010

Fifteen Additional at Risk Sites

Belmont, Missouri, and Columbus, Kentucky – November 7, 1861

Bisected by the Mississippi River, this battlefield sits in two separate states. Despite reductions to the state park operating budget, Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park remains free and open to the public, with limited cuts in service. At Belmont, on the Missouri shore, the land itself is being eroded by the river and lost to the advancing waters.

Chickamauga, Georgia – September 18-20, 1863

With its proximity to Chattanooga, Tenn., Chickamauga is beset by proposals for cellular communications towers. A recent effort to build a tower near McLemore’s Cove was turned down, but a revised proposal is expected. Elsewhere within Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, a plan for a tower on Missionary Ridge has been appealed to the highest levels of the Federal Communications Commission.
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – September 12-15, 1862

Last autumn, the developers who have repeatedly pursued massive projects – ranging from a hotel and conference center to residential development – on southern Bolivar Heights clear cut the hillside’s forested western slope. Although the work did not significantly damage the topography, preservationists fear it signals yet another effort at developing the property.
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Honey Springs, Oklahoma – July 17, 1863

Historic sites across the Sooner State are also facing significant budgetary shortfalls that threaten their operations. Last autumn the Oklahoma Historical Society was forced to cut its budget by $1.8 million, eliminating 29.5 staff positions and imposing furloughs on remaining employees. If the situation worsens, sites may be forced to reduce hours, raise admission fees, seek affiliate status with local governments or even close entirely.
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Knoxville, Tennessee – November 17-December 4, 1863

This winter the Legacy Parks Foundation purchased 70 acres central to the Battle of Armstrong Hill, with plans to integrate it into the emerging 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor along with protected portions of Forts Higley, Stanley and Dickerson. However, the University of Tennessee is in the midst of building a $45 million “sorority village” in the vicinity of Fort Sanders on Morgan Hill, destroying recently discovered archaeological resources.

Manassas, Virginia – July 21, 1861 and August 28-30, 1862

In January, readers of Southern Living magazine voted Manassas one of Virginia’s top five historic sites, but the battlefield is hemmed in by development. Currently, Manassas National Battlefield is in the midst of conducting a viewshed protection study with input from the county government and local residents, in an effort to prioritize protection efforts, encourage long-term planning and mitigate potential problems.
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Mobile, Alabama – August 2-23, 1864

Although the Gulf of Mexico continues to eat away at the ground beneath Fort Gaines, one of the key fortifications that defended Mobile Bay from Union Adm. David Farragut’s fleet, the community of Dauphin Island received congressional funding to conduct a feasibility study for beach restoration.
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Monocacy, Maryland – July 9, 1864

Despite community outcry and deep divides in the local government, the Frederick County Board of Commissioners has approved construction of a trash incinerator, complete with 350-foot smokestack adjacent to the Monocacy River, opposite the battlefield’s historic Worthington Farm. Two bills that would have blocked incinerators so close to national parks have failed in the state legislature.
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Monterey Pass, Pennsylvania – July 4, 1863

A key encounter during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, Monterey Pass is today in an area experiencing significant suburban development. A small, but valiant, local preservation group is working to pay off the purchase of a key part of the battlefield and laying the groundwork for continued acquisitions. Expansion of the nearby Monterey Country Club also threatens the site.

New Market Heights, Virginia – September 29-30, 1864

Although the scene of some of the war’s most significant fighting by United States Colored Troops, no portion of this Richmond-area battlefield is interpreted or open to the public, and only a lone roadside sign acknowledges its existence. Portions have already been lost to a housing development and new construction is also planned.
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Petersburg, Virginia – June 1864-March 1865

The expansion of Fort Lee through the military’s Base Realignment and Closure program has significantly increased demand for residential and commercial growth across Dinwiddie County, driving up land prices and making future preservation more challenging.
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Resaca, Georgia – May 13-15, 1864

Last year, the economic downturn derailed plans for the state to move forward with trails, an interpretive center and other visitor services for the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. Efforts have recently gained momentum, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, which will provide construction of limited infrastructure, and Gordon County, which will oversee maintenance.
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Third Winchester, Virginia – September 19, 1864

Although preservation groups have preserved a significant portion of the Third Winchester Battlefield, last autumn an application was filed with Frederick County to rezone a battlefield property adjacent to the popular park from Rural to Light Industrial.
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Williamsburg, Virginia – May 5, 1862

On the eve of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, this area best known for its Colonial history has begun to truly embrace its significance to other chapters in the American story. Although many areas have been lost to development across the ensuing decades, some key pockets remain, providing opportunities for future protection.
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Wilson’s Creek, Missouri – August 10, 1861

In April 2006, a developer building homes on a property adjacent to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield damaged approximately a half-acre of the national park with bulldozing equipment. Although the Missouri Partners, LLC, admits damaging park resources, management has called the settlement offer proposed by the park “absurd,” forcing the federal government to file suit against the developer last autumn.
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