War Sites Advisory Commission Report
the Nation's Civil War Battlefields
Prepared for the
Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources, United States Senate
Committee on Natural Resources,
United States House of Representatives
The Secretary of the Interior
By the Staff of the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission
c/o National Park Service
P.O. Box 37127
Washington, DC 20013-7127
Table of Contents
Why Save Civil War Sites?
The Commission's Approach
Which are the Nation's
Principal Civil War Battlefields?
How are Civil War Battlefields
How Many Sites Are There?
How Significant Are the Sites?
Where Are the Sites?
What Was Considered a Site?
How Large Are the Sites?
Who Owns the Sites?
In What Condition Are the Sites?
How Many Battlefields Are Threatened?
How can Battlefields
be Better Protected?
Current Laws and Public Programs to Protect Battlefields
Battlefields Protected as Parks
Other Historic Designations
Public and Private Preservation Partnerships
How Many Battlefields are Protected Now?
Recommendations to Congress
and the Secretary of the Interior
Private Sector Preservation
Preservation and Local Jurisdictions
Public and Private Funding
Technical Support and Educational Programs
". . . generations
that we know not, heart-drawn
to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for
shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream . . ."
From the Address of Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain at the
Dedication of the Maine Monuments,
Battlefield of Gettysburg, October 3, 1889, Lakeside
Press, Portland, Maine, 1898.
See also the CWSAC's Technical
Volume II: Battle Summaries
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Last Update 12/8/97 by TGossett