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Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park


Table of Contents


current topic Acknowledgements


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11


Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix III

Appendix IV

Appendix V (omitted from on-line edition)

Appendix VI

Appendix VII

Appendix VIII

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This history of the preservation struggles at the Manassas National Battlefield Park has benefited from the assistance of numerous people. In the National Park Service, Park Historian Edmund Raus opened the door to the battlefield park's historical records, shared valuable information about recent events, and gave helpful suggestions on the manuscript. Ray Brown, the park's cultural resources manager, read drafts of the manuscript with a critical eye, while James Burgess, the park's museum curator, provided helpful materials about the park's history. Jeff Reinbold produced the map of the William Center addition. Bureau Historian Barry Mackintosh gave access to the National Park Service History Division files and answered numerous questions about the history of the agency. National Capital Regional Historian Gary Scott directed me to important land use files and maps. Mackintosh, Scott, and former Chief Historian Edwin C. Bearss contributed their comments on manuscript drafts. Tom DuRant, NPS photo curator, tracked down negatives and furnished many of the illustrations. David Nathanson, archivist for the NPS History Collection, located the Francis Wilshin oral history transcript. Director of Strategic Planning Heather Huyck, who had served as a congressional staffer for Rep. Bruce Vento's subcommittee on national parks during the William Center controversy, read the Manassas mall chapter and provided helpful insights. Chief Historian Dwight Pitcaithley secured National Park Service funding to support the research and writing of the original administrative history and encouraged me to write for a broad audience.

Individuals at non-Park Service repositories aided in the research for this history, including Jimmy Rush at the National Archives, Scott Harris at the Manassas Museum, Don Wilson at the Bull Run Library's Virginiana Room, and Joseph Sheehan at the Philadelphia branch of the National Archives. Anne D. Snyder allowed free access to her extensive document collection on the battlefield park. Bruce Craig, formerly of the National Parks and Conservation Association, furnished his files on the William Center controversy and the park's horse program. Each of the people I interviewed provided invaluable information that enhanced the documentary record and made the events at the Manassas National Battlefield Park come alive.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to my former coworkers at History Associates Incorporated for their many contributions. Jacelee DeWaard served at my side throughout this project, valiantly tracking down sources, conducting primary and secondary research, locating photographs and maps, making the footnotes conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, and adding her own humor and insights to the project. Bob Bauman reviewed the Howard W. Smith papers at the University of Virginia. Maryanne Glover addressed interviewees' changes to the oral history transcripts and ensured that early drafts of the manuscript read cleanly and consistently. Gail Mathews and Darlene Wilt produced drafts of the manuscript, turning the text into a professional document. Ruth Dudgeon and Rodney Carlisle contributed their expert editorial skills to drafts of each of the chapters. Phil Cantelon provided me with the initial push to pursue this project and displayed continued support throughout its duration.

Peter J. Potter, my editor at Penn State Press, eased the task of transforming the original manuscript into a book and sought out additional funding. I want to thank Joan K. Davidson of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, whose Furthermore grant program provided critical funding, making it possible for me to conduct more oral history interviews and follow new research avenues. I also thank James M. McPherson and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments on the draft manuscript.

Lastly, I acknowledge the encouragement and patience of my husband, Stuart Weinstein, who has shown boundless enthusiasm for my work on this history. To my daughter Sarah, whose birth coincided with the decision by Penn State Press to publish this history, I thank you for the good luck you have brought me and your father. I dedicate this book to my mother Donna Zenzen and my late grandmother Alberta Root, both of whom taught me the beauty of the national parks and history.



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