- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2014

This might be some federal funding that even the most frugal patriot would approve of. The National Park Service has awarded $1.3 million in preservation grants to help protect, document and interpret 75 of America’s significant battlefield lands. Time and urban progress have taken their toll on such sites, which are heavy with history.

“These grants help safeguard and preserve significant American battlefields. Preserving these sites for future generations and providing a means for research and interpretation is a fitting way to honor our nation’s military heritage and the courage and service of our armed forces,” says National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The endangered battlefields date from the time of King Philip’s War, Second Seminole War, Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War in 14 states.

The future projects include an archeological survey of Fort Mercer at the site of the American Revolution Battle of Red Bank in New Jersey and identification of surviving underwater resources from both the British and American landings on Mackinac Island, Michigan, during the War of 1812.

“The project will include an underwater survey of the landing site to identify the extent of the battlefield. The survey will allow for the assessment of submerged battlefield artifacts lying offshore,” explains the Inland Seas Institute, which received $60,700 to fund their efforts.

The projects are very succinct.

Close to $75,000 went to the South Carolina Battlefield Preservation Trust, Inc., for example, “to create a master database of battlefields and associated Civil War sites in South Carolina. This first phase will record sites in Charleston and Jasper counties, identifying all historic battlefield sites, integrate state databases, write nominations for qualifying sites for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and develop a management plan for site acquisition or conservation easements for the unprotected sites. Many of these sites are currently at risk from residential development.”

The federal park agency’s American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded more than $13 million in the last 18 years to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. See much of it here

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