Building on Success at Franklin
The Sesquicentennial's Final Year – See How Far We've Come!
From Our President
Dear Fellow Dedicated Preservationist,
The calendar has turned to 2015, placing us in the final months of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. There have been thousands of special events staged, hundreds of books written and countless memories made. But, perhaps most importantly, significant progress has been made in advancing the cause of battlefield preservation. After all, in a few months, the anniversary will be over, but the land will endure for generations to come.
Nowhere is this transformation more evident than in Franklin, Tenn., where, on November 30, 1864, one of the fiercest fights of the entire Civil War occurred. A decade ago, Franklin was a cautionary tale for other historic communities, showcasing the hazards of forgetting the rich resources in their custody. Since then, the preservation community has worked tirelessly to reclaim this once-lost battlefield, removing a number of modern structures to restore the historical integrity of the land.
Today, we have the opportunity to add a key piece of ground to this already remarkable success by preserving nearly three acres at the heart of the battlefield. Not only is this some of the most blood-soaked ground at Franklin, but it is surrounded on three sides by property that was the scene of our earlier hard-fought preservation campaigns. In helping local preservationists purchase this property, we are making another leap forward in the most ambitious battlefield reclamation project in American history.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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