“Fighting the Second Civil War”—the battle for battlefield preservation

Historic preservation in the United States originated with the desire of local concerned citizens to save important examples of architecture, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the extraordinary homes along the water in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Toward the end of the 20th century, however, rampant and extensive suburban development threatened another type of historic resource—the landscapes where the most important battles in US history took place, from the American Revolution to the US Civil War. The battles to save the battlefields gets a new telling in this new book.


New book tells tales from trenches of U.S. battlefield preservation

By Climt Schemmer

The Free Lance-Star

June 17, 2017

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