Introduction and Section
Most Endangered Battlefields 2010
In your hands you hold the 2010 edition of History Under Siege, the Civil War Preservation Trust’s (CWPT) annual report on endangered Civil War battlefields. This report is more than a list of threatened historic sites – it is also a roadmap for protecting these tangible links to our history.
Although many battlefields are in danger of being lost forever, CWPT is making significant progress toward ensuring their protection. In 2009, CWPT rescued 2,777 acres of hallowed ground at 20 sites in five states – legendary battlefields like Raymond in Mississippi and Chancellorsville and the Wilderness in Virginia. Since CWPT was created more than two decades ago, we have protected more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.
Despite such success, our work is far from done. We hope this report energizes both longtime supporters and new allies to continue the fight to protect and preserve these priceless treasures.
History Under Siege has two distinct components: the first section identifies the 10 most endangered battlefields in the nation, and the second section lists 15 additional “at risk” sites, rounding out the 25 battlefields we believe need the most immediate attention. No attempt is made to rank the sites within the two tiers – instead, they are listed in alphabetical order.
The list is the result of a lengthy and difficult selection process. Sites are nominated by our members, and final decisions are made – with the assistance of historians, other preservation groups and CWPT’s board of trustees – based on geographic location, military significance and preservation status.
To analyze each site, CWPT consults a landmark 1993 study by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) that prioritized sites according to their historical significance and state of preservation. Whenever possible, CWPT has cited the CWSAC rating system throughout this report. Battlefields are ranked Priority I (sites considered the most threatened) to Priority IV (sites considered all but lost). CWSAC also ranks battlefields from A (the most historically significant sites) to D (sites of local importance).