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    Top 10 endangered Civil War battlefields

    The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) unveiled its annual report on the status of the nation's historic battlegrounds:
    (detail at: http://www.civilwar.org/PressRelease...lngPressID=114)

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - threatened by a proposal to build a massive, 3,000-slot gaming facility.
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia - threatened by the proposed widening of I-81
    Glorieta Pass, New Mexico - safety concerns about heavy traffic along State Route 50, which runs through the heart of the battlefield, keeps much of the site closed to visitors, who can only view it out their car windows.
    Chattahoochee River Line, Georgia - immense suburban development has devastated the site, and most of the River Line's features have been destroyed by property owners who feared that historic details would impede development plans.
    Circle Forts, Washington, D.C. - Today, the ring of fortifications has largely been absorbed by growing neighborhoods, and, although each fort has faced a different fate, none are preserved as thoroughly as their rich heritage deserves.
    Fort Morgan, Alabama - fallen into significant disrepair. Portions of the property are closed to the public due to safety concerns and the site's future management is uncertain.
    Glendale, Virginia - construction has begun on three housing projects in the area immediately surrounding the battlefield, with three more in the planning stages.
    New Orleans Forts, Louisiana - immense damage caused by Hurricane Katrina has compromised the structural integrity of these sites to the point that it is entirely uncertain when some will be safe for the public.
    Raymond, Mississippi - Development pressure along State Highway 18, which connects the battlefield to the nearby Jackson suburbs, remains the principal threat to the battlefield
    Wilderness, Virginia - proposed home construction, which threaten areas of the battlefield not protected by the Park Service.
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    Sad, not only is Virginia the only state to have more than one cite, but has 3 of the top 10.

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    Most of the significant battles of the civil war were fought in the northern virginia/greater DC area. Sadly a number of them seem to be threatened by sprawl.

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    I wonder if all the folks who scream about history and heritage when Southern states remove the Confederate flag from official use will step up to the plate and do something about preserving these pieces of history. This will be their chance to prove the flag issue is truely about history and not something else unseemly.
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    Quote Originally posted by AubieTurtle
    I wonder if all the folks who scream about history and heritage when Southern states remove the Confederate flag from official use will step up to the plate and do something about preserving these pieces of history. This will be their chance to prove the flag issue is truely about history and not something else unseemly.
    Excellent point. They have a bumper sticker that reads "It's about Heritage," so let them put their money where their mouth is now.

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    I visited Fort Morgan, AL a few years ago. It is fascinating and a wreck. There is virtually no interpretation at the site aside from a decent but clearly understaffed museum. Very disappointing.

    A casino in the vicinity of the hallowed ground of Gettysburg is blasphemous, IMO.
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