Top 10 Most Endangered Civil War BattlefieldsThis seems like an odd choice in some ways. I've been to five of the ten and can vouch for the fact that Spotsylvania County is in the bullseye of land developers these days. Manassas as well. But I'm not sure why Kennesaw Mountain made the list and not Nashville. Unless it is because the latter has been completely swallowed up by suburban sprawl. Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga) has as well. Drive up to Ox Hill (Chantilly) and try to walk the battlefield without getting run over by the six lanes of traffic on route 50 cutting through the area.
The Associated Press Published: Feb 24, 2005
The Civil War Preservation Trust's list of the 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields, in alphabetical order:
BERMUDA HUNDRED (Va.): Confederates held off Union soldiers in a series of bloody and inconclusive battles.
FRANKLIN (Tenn.): Site of one of the worst defeats for the South in the Civil War.
KENNESAW MOUNTAIN (Ga.): Union General William T. Sherman suffered one of his few defeats.
KNOXVILLE (Tenn.): One of the most brutal battles of the Civil War.
MANASSAS (Va.): Site of two major battles 30 miles west of the union capital.
MANSFIELD (La.): One of the bloodiest battles west of the Mississippi River.
MORRIS ISLAND (S.C.): Scene of the siege of Charleston and where the 54th Massachusetts, a famed black regiment, fought.
RAYMOND (Miss.): Major turning point in Union General Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (Va.): Site of four of the war's bloodiest battles.
WILSON'S CREEK (Mo.): First major battle west of the Mississippi River. (link)
As for Franklin, I made mention once several months ago that if you travel down there to see the site of the famous Carter gin house just south of town around which a horrific battle took place in 1864, you'll see instead a Pizza Hut parking lot. Not much to see but the pizza isn't bad.
I enjoy spending free time in places like these and yet, oddly, I don't regret their development (many of these sites have state and or federal parks to preserve the most cherished landscapes). After all, if we were to decide to remove all civil war battlefields from having new home or business construction on them, we would have to set the entire state of Virginia aside.
More or less.