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Welcome to Bat Week! With Halloween on the horizon, we’re seeing lots of scary images of ghosts, goblins, witches and bats! Bats, however, are not scary, nor just an image. They’re mammals, just like us. Bats are generally active at night, part of what causes fear in humans.
Joni House, the manager of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, leads a tremendous effort to interpret the Battle of Perryville and maintain the bucolic landscape as it appeared in 1862. We asked Joni to share more about the nature at Perryville in the summertime – what she describes as a “living wreath” of rolling hills of wildflowers and native grasses.
Welcome to the first installment of the American Battlefield Trust’s Nature of History! We’ll be highlighting all the environmental benefits of historic battlefield preservation. We hope you’ll enjoy the beauty of nature as it exists on our nation's most hallowed battlegrounds.
At the Camden battlefield — site of a criticial battle of the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution — preservation efforts not only include traditional battlefield restoration and interpretation program, but also efforts include two additional elements: natural resources and recreation.
A battlefield can be many things — solemn memorial, outdoor classroom, heritage tourism destination. It can also be a thing of great beauty, a haven for native species and a case study in environmental conservation.
In less three decades, community support and strategic partnerships have transformed a local commemorative park into a battlefield destination worthy of national recognition — a fitting tribute to the men who fell in the war’s first significant Union victory. This article first appeared in Hallowed Ground magazine's Winter 2018 issue.