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Civil War Trust: Eight of 25 most endangered battlefields belong to Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

A few weeks ago, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) visited Chancellorsville to sign legislation designed to help preserve Civil War battlefields in Virginia.

He better move fast. The Civil War Preservation Trust is out today with its annual listing of the top 10 most endangered war sites in the country, and three from Virginia make the list. They include Cedar Creek, Va., site of an 1864 battle, which the trust says is endangered by limestone mining; Thoroughfare Gap, Va.--near Haymarket--where a strategically important small engagement took place in 1862 and there are plans for a cell phone tower; and the Wilderness, site of a large 1864 battle and home to a raging local battle over whether to build a Walmart.

McDonnell was asked his opinion of the Wilderness Walmart when he visited Chancellorsville and he said he would leave the decision to local officials.

Five more Virginia sites make the Trust's list of the next 15 most at-risk Civil War sites.

You can read more about the annual report here. And you can check out the Washington Post's Civil War interest blog, A House Divided.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 13, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Cedar Creek, Civil War, Civil War Preservation Trust, Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia  
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