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Date: Fri Mar 1, 2002 10:30 am
Subject: Point of interest
Battlefields in jeopardy
By Arlo Wagner
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Two nearly 140-year-old Civil War battlefields in Virginia are among 10
in the United States most endangered by developmental sprawl and
superhighways, officials of the Civil War Preservation Trust said yesterday.
Six other Virginia sites are listed on a separate list of 15 at-risk
battlefields in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missouri and
"With so many Civil War sites under siege from urban sprawl, we could
easily have selected a hundred," said Trust President James Lighthizer.
"Real people risked their lives at these battlefields for ideals they
cherished above life itself. Allowing these sites to fall prey to
development dishonors the memory of their courage and sacrifice," said Civil
War historian and preservationist Brian Pohanka.
"The Bush administration has been very supportive of us," said Mr.
Trust Chairman Carrington Williams of McLean said, "It is vital to
motivate local residents if the battlefields are to be saved. We have close
to 38,000 members now."
The joining of opposing forces after the Civil War was vital to the
creation of the greatest democracy in the world, according to the Trust.
More than 620,000 Northerners and Southerners died, more than in all
American wars from the Revolution through the Vietnam War.
The Civil War results are recognized worldwide. Mr. Williams said
people from France, England, Germany and other nations come to America to
watch and participate in annual re-enactments of battles.
"An Englishman said to me, 'I don't know why the Civil War fascinates
me so much, but it does,'" Mr. Carrington said.
The two most endangered Virginia battlefields are Chancellorsville,
along Route 3 between Fredericksburg and Culpeper, and Gaines' Mill and Cold
Harbor, a few miles east of the Confederate capital at Richmond.
The Chancellorsville campaign is considered by historians to be Gen.
Robert E. Lee's greatest victory. It was there that his fellow general,
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, was killed--accidentally--by his own troops.
The sprawl from Fredericksburg already has "devoured" the Salem Church
battlefield along Route 3, the Trust states. And in October, Virginia's
Department of Transportation announced plans for a $121 million bypass near
the Chancellorsville battlefield that will attract the same type of sprawl
that has sprung up along Route 3.
Developers are eyeing the nearby 781-acre Ashley Farm, scene of the
first day of Chancellorsville fighting, despite efforts of the Trust and the
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust.
Lee won the first war victory at Gaines' Mill, lifting the siege of
Richmond. Two years later in 1864, Lee's Confederates were pitted against
the Union Army of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at nearby Cold Harbor. The two
battles killed more than 30,000.
The Trust's annual report states that residential development along
Interstate 295 is overcoming both battle sites. The upper half of Cold
Harbor battlefield is "lost beyond recall," and three housing developments
are on the perimeter of Gaines' Mill.
The other eight most endangered battlefields are at Atlanta;
Bentonville, N.C.; Corinth, Miss.; Franklin, Tenn.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Harpers
Ferry, W. Va.; Richmond, Ky.; and Stones River, Tenn.
At Gettysburg, the Trust is concerned that the construction of a new
visitors' center at Baltimore Pike and Hunt Avenue will attract chain
restaurants and stores like those plaguing the Emmitsburg Road and Steinwehr
Avenue corrider. Also, the nearby Daniel Lady Farm could be repossessed if
the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association is unable to pay off the
The Virginia at-risk battlefields are Manassas and Bristoe Station,
southwest of Manassas; McDowell, west of Charlottesville nearly to the
Virginia border; Petersburg; Wilderness, west of Fredericksburg on Route 20;
and Stephenson's Depot, along Route 11 north of Winchester.
Mason-Dixon Polling and Research conducted a poll last week that showed
68 percent of the registered Prince William County voters favored
preservation of Bristoe Station from overdevelopment. About 21 percent were
opposed to preservation while 11 percent had no opinion, said Trust
spokesman Jim Campi.
The other at-risk battlefields are Averasboro, N.C.; Morris Island,
S.C.; Allatoona Pass, Ga; Raymond, Miss.; Mansfield, La.; Glorieta, N.M.;
Pilot Knob, Mo.; Fort Heiman, Ky.; and Buffington Island, Ohio.