- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A recently discovered Civil War trench will be preserved as the centerpiece of a park in a planned senior residential community in Marietta.

The 76-home development is planned to be built on a 21.6-acre tract in Cobb County, The Marietta Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1Kzqr8q) reported Wednesday. The project’s builder hired an archaeological firm to study the property and found the trench, which historians say was dug in 1864 by the Confederates as a defense against Union troops.

The trench mostly looks like a ditch and is supported by stone walls in some areas, said John Moore, an attorney representing the developer. The builders plan to protect about 700 feet of the structure although roughly 900 feet of it lies on the development’s property.

“The best parts of the trenches are going to be protected,” said Cobb County Community Development Director Rob Hosack. “The developer has agreed to pay mitigation money into a fund for future preservation activity.”

Cobb County is known for being home to Civil War artifacts and has a good track record protecting historically significant areas with help from archaeologists, Hosack said.

The site will be protected by a fence once construction is completed, and signage will be installed to promote the area’s historic value.


Information from: Marietta Daily Journal, https://mdjonline.com/

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