Top 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields

WASHINGTON - The Civil War Preservation Trust's list of the 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields, in alphabetical order:

CEDAR CREEK (Va.); FORT MORGAN (Ala.); GETTYSBURG (Pa.); HARPERS FERRY (W. Va.); IUKA; MARIETTA (Ga.); NEW ORLEANS FORTS (La.); NORTHERN PIEDMONT (Md., Pa. and Va.); PETERSBURG (Va.); and SPRING HILL (Tenn.).

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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Read-in: The designation is expected to qualify the site for more funding.

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

IUKA - Iuka Battlefield as the site of heavy fighting between Confederate and Union soldiers on Sept. 19, 1862, for control of the east-west railroad line is well known among Civil War historians and hobbyists.

Preservationists hope Tuesday's designation of the site as one of the nation's top 10 most endangered battlefields will help attract funds to bolster restoration efforts at the site and bring it wider attention.

The Battle of Iuka was part of the Corinth campaign, and Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission chairwoman Rosemary Williams believes being on the top 10 list can only benefit the Iuka Battlefield.

"It is a significant battlefield and a good part of the Corinth story," Williams said. "I hope the publicity of being on the list of 10 most endangered would help them with some funding to be able to save some battlefield areas and interpret the history there."

The Washington, D.C.-based Civil War Preservation Trust annually identifies the most threatened Civil War sites across the nation.

Since 2000, the Iuka Battlefield Commission, with seed money provided by the CWPT, has been acquiring property near the intersection of U.S. 72 and Mississippi 25, where much of the fighting took place.

Iuka Battlefield Commission chairman Harold Lomenick was out of town and could not be reached for comment after Tuesday's announcement.

"In Mississippi, including Iuka, Brice's Crossroads and Corinth, we have some significant sites, probably 2,000 to 3,000 acres overall," said John Haynes, executive director of the Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield Commission and a board member of the CWPT.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com

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