Historic Site News and Info
Development Pressure Comes Back to Gettysburg
The remaining one hundred acres of ground where Camp Letterman, the large tent hospital complex after the battle of Gettysburg, is now under threat of Big Box store development. Located on Route 30 just before the town of Gettysburg, this land provided access to Culp's Hill during July 1 and is directly next to the restored Daniel Lady farm, a Confederate hospital site. Help Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association stop this development on hallowed ground.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Now at a park near you, well, to about fifty-three parks across the USA, in the days from August 25, 2015 through the anniversary year itself of 2016, are events to celebrate each park and the NPS. These special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are ongoing with more on the horizon, and we, at America's Best History, will assist in keeping you up to date. Check out what we know now and stop back as we update the events when the parks reveal their dates and times.
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History Site of the Month
Odd in a way as part of the double whammy national parks not far from the doorsteps of Moab, Utah, but Canyonlands, at nearly five times the size, is the poor sister, gathering less than 40% of the attendance of Arches National Park. But don't let that fool you into thinking there's nothing special about all that land west of the Moab. In two distinct areas, the Island of the Sky and Needles, you'll get to witness beauty with the panache reserved for few places on earth, camp under the stars, poke around the two visitors centers, and return refreshed to regular life anxious to return to the large sister who just does not get enough attention. Guess people are waiting for her to lose weight. Oh, no, microagression toward a national park. Forget we said that. Just visit her and judge for yourself.
New ABH Page
The name is not well known outside north Florida, stemming from the Timucua Indians of the region, although the history and nature within its confines certainly should be. From failed French colonies long gone from Fort Caroline, to the Kingsley Plantation with its harsh slave history and well-preserved buildings and stories, to the intercoastal waterway, wildlife, and marshland that brims with activity both above and below the surface. For those that like a little nature with their american story, there will be that in abundance here. Timucuan is just another in a growing list of national nature oriented national parks with so much history in them, no designation really does them justice. So go to Timucuan and see for yourself. Don't forget to take in the sunset at Fort George Island, ... as you can see, it's spectacular.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
It's one of those engagements that preceded a more famous history event, but that doesn't mean the Battle of South Mountain is not important. From the Lost Orders of the Confederate Army before it to the Battle of Antietam that followed, the series of events in mid-September of 1862 would eventually lead to a Union victory and Emancipation. And yes, the Battle of South Mountain in the three gaps along its ridges; Turner, Fox, and Crampton, would have a significant role in those outcomes. So for any advocate or buff of the Civil War, a deke over to these ridges during your visit to Antietam or Harper's Ferry or Manassas is worth the time to see where the middle section of that story actually happened, to see for yourself the path and footsteps that would lead to freedom.
Favorite of 2015
Civil War 150
When the breastworks of the Petersburg defenses were breached for the final time, it had been four years of long hard war. When the fires burned in Richmond for the days that followed, it signalled that the end of the war was nigh. For the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the weeks of Petersburg to Richmond to Appomattox lasted barely more than a week, April 1 to April 12, and visitors saw those domino towns fall; Petersburg, Richmond, Sailors Creek, and Appomattox.
American Revolution Site Preservation
Want to read more about what's going on on the American Revolution preservation front, checked out more here.
Campaign 1776, the preservation arm of the Civil War Trust devoted to saving American Revolution and War of 1812 historic sites and land has announced their second major project on this history front with a campaign to save 10.4 acres at the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania. This battle, an unappreciated and largest battle of the American Revolution, currently is a Pennsylvania State Park with a hodgepodge of eased and preserved land throughout the large battlefield.
News About Us
America's Best History and our Ellis Island page has been mentioned in an article and list on immigrant stories. Ellis Island, the processing center for many of our forefathers, contains an amazing history of how our country blossomed during the late 1900s through the mid-20th century.
Save Historic Sites
Although the economic climate of the last decade has curbed some of the troubles in preserving historic sites and lands with slower development growth, the problem of preservation funding is now in the fore even more with development projects at Gettysburg's Camp Letterman and more. Get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community or an organization like the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservation Organization. Expanded gambling legislation has now passed the PA legislature, allowing two new future opportunities for a Gettysburg gambling proposal to reapply for a license and those windows are approaching. Time to redouble your efforts to stop any future casino effort that might come and promote a ban on any new casinos within 10 miles of a National Military Park, currently being considered at the state level. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose such a ban.
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