Nearly 20 percent of America’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed — denied forever to future generations. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks. There is only one National organization working to save all these battlefields: The Civil War Trust. http://www.civilwar.org/take-action/save-a-battlefield/
It took Spotsylvania almost a century to regain its prewar population of 12,000 residents. But since the 1960s that population has multiplied nearly tenfold as the county—less than an hour down Interstate 95 from Washington, D.C.—has become, in the words of one local, “a bedroom community for Yankee bureaucrats.” Today a new crop sprouts in the former cornfields: row upon row of cookie-cutter houses. Much of the 1860s landscape has been obliterated, often by developments whose names give hollow echo to the Civil War’s guns—Artillery Ridge, Lee’s Parke.
By Adam Goodheart Photographs by Michael Melford