The Nature of History
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.
Historical article on the natural fortifications of the Devil's Den and related areas on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Introducing The Nature of History
The American Battlefield Trust has preserved over 56,000 acres of land that include wildlife habitat, soils, streams, trees, flora, and fauna that are part of our ecosystem. In this new quarterly email series, we’ll be highlighting all the natural resources present on and affected by battlefield land preservation. We hope you’ll enjoy the beauty of nature as it exists on our most hallowed ground. Learn more about the environmental benefits of battlefield preservation.