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Sharon Murray

Holding the Line Against Emerging Battlefield Threats

Thirty-five years ago, the modern battlefield preservation movement began, spurred by massive suburban growth that was decimating battlefields around Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville and other cities. Today, the threats are different — deep-pocketed industries that demand huge data centers and distribution warehouses or sprawling solar farms, rather than subdivisions and strip malls — but the need to call for careful planning that balances the needs of modern life with respect for America’s past remains unchanged.

The American Battlefield Trust is a leader in historic preservation advocacy, with a reputation for crafting win-win solutions, where possible, and fighting fiercely, when necessary. This work requires forging vibrant coalitions and maintaining strong relationships with activists within historic communities. It is critical and ongoing work, although it may not grab attention in the way a major land acquisition campaign does.

Your gift to support the Trust's advocacy work will help us continue to hold the line against inappropriate development on battlefields — just as we did when a casino was proposed for Gettysburg, a Walmart at the Wilderness or townhouses at Princeton. Please support this work today!