A walking path aside blooming flowers at Ox Hill Battlefield Park.

Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Chantilly, Va.

Kelly Schneider

Preservation History

Americans' evolving effort to safeguard their battlefields

In 1987, a Civil War academic scholar, five National Park Service his­torians and two Civil War buffs convened the first meeting of the organization that has grown to become the American Battlefield Trust. But this is just the modern incarnation of work begun before the Revolutionary War had even ended. Learn more about the how efforts to save hallowed ground across the centuries.

Saving Morris Island

On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African Americans commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, led the assault on Battery Wagner...