Gettysburg has been designated as one of the Top 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields of 2009.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863: The largest and bloodiest battle of the Civil War raged for three days and claimed a horrific price — more than 50,000 killed, wounded and missing. Although it is the best-known of all Civil War battlefields, Gettysburg still faces threats to its preservation and interpretation. Many historically significant locations on the battlefield lie outside the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park and are vulnerable to residential or commercial development. Preservationists are eager to protect one such area, known locally as the Gettysburg Country Club, but the high asking price has thus far put it out of their reach.
The Civil War Preservation Trust is the nation's largest organization focused on saving and preserving America's endangered Civil War battlefields. For more information on how you can help preserve our history please visit us at www.civilwar.org.
Photo by Chris Heisey