09 April 2007 by Published in: Battlefield preservation 7 comments

I’m an avid supporter of battlefield preservation. I’ve worked extensively with the Civil War Preservation Trust and will always be stout advocate for battlefield preservation causes.

To date, most preservation work has focused on the Civil War, which is understandable. Fortunately, Congress has recognized that battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 are equally threatened and that they face the same pressures and threats that Civil War battlefields face.

There is a House of Representatives (HR) bill (HR160) to appropriate money for a grant program to help State, Local, and Tribal government agencies and non-profit organizations to acquire and preserve Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield land (as currently enjoyed only by Civil War battlefields) , and a companion treasury commemorative coin mint bill to help finance it.

So far, they have both only been introduced on the House side:

Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act: HR 160 and the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefields Commemoration Coin Act: HR 158.

Please consider contacting your Representative and Senators to voice your support. Please encourage your friends, or members of your organizations to do the same.

Also, some of you may be aware of two pieces of federal legislation pertaining to the War of 1812 that are now before Congress.

Bill to create a War of 1812 and Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Commemoration Commission: House of Representatives (HR) Bill 1389 and Senate Bill (S) 798.

Bill to create a Star Spangled Banner National Historic Train: HR 1388 and S 797.

I’m glad to see these neglected and often overlooked conflicts receive the sort of attention that they deserve. Battlefield land is battlefield land, and it is, as such, sacred ground. Anything that will help to preserve that sacred ground is a good thing.

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Comments

  1. Dave Powell
    Tue 10th Apr 2007 at 6:25 am

    I like the idea of preserving other battles. Ohio has some nice sites, actually, in the form of state and county parks, but little by way of overall interpretation, from what I have seen. Of course, much of Ohio’s Military heritage is from the early frontier wars, indian fights and the like. I go to Ohio every year for a convention, so I try to hit one of these places just about every trip.

    Fort Meigs, up near Toledo, has been my favorite.

    Dave Powell

  2. Randy Sauls
    Tue 10th Apr 2007 at 9:15 am

    Eric:

    You are right; battlefield land is battlefield land, and I am excited to see this proposed legislation. This is a pleasant surprise. It’s nice to see that some in congress see the importance and value these sites possess. Let’s hope these bills pass. Not all of America should be strip shopping centers and housing developments.

    Randy

  3. Tue 10th Apr 2007 at 10:15 am

    Eric:

    I agree with you on this. In Atlanta manyof the battlefields were developed during the 1960s building boom. It is a shame, they can not be brought back cheaply

    The War of 1812 is almost always neglected. Not os sure why this is.
    Thanks for bringing this to peoples attention.

    Chris

  4. Chuck
    Tue 10th Apr 2007 at 12:47 pm

    It’s of course a good thing that congress is finally recognizing these treasures, but I always wonder why congress does things in spurts. The NPS has actually been conducting a study for years on these two wars. But funding for the study has been less than needed.
    Also, why not just pass an American battlefield preservation bill supporting battlefields from all wars. Why leave out the French & Indian war, The Sioux War, or any of the other Western Indian Battlefields?
    I’m also a bit skeptical about the coins paying for it. The Civil War Coin didn’t sell out and it lets Congress off the hook in terms of actually appropriating money to do anything.
    I expect the bills to pass, but I’m not so sure about the funding part.
    Chuck

  5. dlmorgen1601
    Thu 12th Apr 2007 at 12:16 am

    Hi Eric, I see that you are scheduled to speak at our Austin Civil War Round Table on 19 April. I look forward to hearing you speak.
    You probably do not remember me, but I was in two of your classes (Gettysburg and Civil War Cavalry Operations) when you taught at AMU.
    Look forward to seeing you.

    Dave Morgenthaler
    Austin, TX

  6. rpatton
    Thu 26th Apr 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Eric,

    I can’t seem to find your email address. I’m posting a video trailer link for a new book Turner Publishing has coming out called the Historic Photos of Gettysburg by Emily J and John S Salmon. Check it out and if you like the way the trailer looks, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy to check out for possible review. Thanks. Just let me know.

    Historic Photos of Gettysburg

    R Patton

  7. rpatton
    Thu 26th Apr 2007 at 4:56 pm

    oops! Here’s the link:

    http://bookmarket.ning.com/video/video/show?id=523145:Video:6499

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