This blog has made historical preservation a priority… especially, Civil War battlefields. These historic sites are under constant pressure from developers with little concern but their bottom lines. If development is given inches, it will take miles, and our history right from under us. The victory at the Wilderness battlefield over the Wal-Mart giant was just a small respite in the ongoing struggle for our past.
Nowhere can this be better illustrated… than at Fredericksburg National Battlefield. The calamitous struggle for Marye’s Heights just west of downtown Fredericksburg was lost long ago to growth, development, and “prosperity.” The question must be asked, is the progress that carried Fredericksburg west worth the loss of history, understanding, and remembrance? Visitors must now stare into a low rent neighborhood where brave men gave their lives for this country. Someone is getting paid, bottom lines are being met, but history is lost.