I want to use today’s Monument / Marker Mondays to highlight a battlefield preservation project near to where I live. First, did anyone catch this yesterday?
The piece on CBS Sunday Morning highlighted two battlefields that I am quite familiar with. I grew up in New Jersey just about 20 miles from the Princeton Battlefield. When I left NJ, I moved to Murfreesboro, TN just about 30 miles from the Franklin Battlefield. I can remember seeing the folks from Save the Franklin Battlefield every year when I went to the Nashville Civil War Show on the first weekend in December. (I believe that it is now the Franklin/Middle Tennessee Civil War Show and no longer held on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds but I digress.) I will say that I am both surprised and elated that the preservation movement has made the progress that it has. Someday when I get a chance to visit Tennessee I will make visiting Franklin a priority.
The city where I now live, Williamsburg, VA, has a quickly disappearing battlefield as well. But first, some pictures:
Yes, Williamsburg, long known for its colonial history, was the site of a Civil War battle as well. Union and Confederate forces clashed here on May 5, 1862 as McClellan was feeling (stumbling?) his way up the peninsula during what became known as the Peninsula Campaign. Like Franklin, Williamsburg has seen its share of growth and development. Also like Franklin, Williamsburg has a preservation group seeking to save parts of the battlefield. They are nowhere near as far along as the folks at Franklin, but the irony of my having taken these pictures on Friday and the story on CBS yesterday, I felt compelled to highlight Williamsburg’s preservation struggles / movement today. Future posts will include discussions on the Battle of Williamsburg and pictures of what has been preserved, but for now I encourage you to visit the Williamsburg Battlefield Association’s website here and/or their FaceBook page here. I also want to encourage you to become aware of, and active in, any preservation movements in near your hometown.