Editorial: Protected Civil War sites in Tennessee should be expanded
In early August, retired history teacher Steve Bartlett of Waverly, Tenn., wrote on this page to urge our state’s congressional delegation to support legislation to acquire lands that saw fighting in some of the most storied battles of the Civil War.
Many people may not realize the national military parks at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Petersburg do not contain the entire battlefields. Nearby sites of historic significance are privately owned, and in some cases have modern developments sitting on them. That’s the sort of thing that makes historians cringe. It should give the rest of us pause, too.
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