While Americans this weekend honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country, the National Park Service is investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield this week. The initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia identified a large number of excavations in the park.
Petersburg National Battlefield
Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?
The past year took me across the National Park System, from Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The stories that spooled out from these trips into the National Park System told of advocacy and nurturing, of history and recreation, and even of controversy. Here's a look back.
Updated: Cape Lookout National Seashore Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Irene, Other Units Have Varying Degrees Of Damage
Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports. Other National Park System units along the East Coast received varying amounts of damage, but most are open for visitors.
Virginia has plenty of Civil War battlefields, many of which are part of the National Park System. One that seems to rise above others, though, is Petersburg National Battlefield, which history has left with a massive crater from a poorly executed Union attack.
If nothing else, Roderick Davidson stirred the hopes of at least some of the Confederate troops defending Richmond in late 1864 and early 1865 with his "Artis Avis," a flying machine he believed could save the South.
Legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate aims to add 7,200 acres to Petersburg National Battlefield, a bid that, if approved, would make Petersburg the largest military park in the country while protecting a dozen Civil War-era battlefields.
Through the course of the next five years the National Park Service will be rolling out a series of programs to both help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and highlight its impact on the Civil Rights movement in this country.
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is nearly here and a recent event at Petersburg National Battlefield underscored a bit of history that often escapes much notice—the role of American Indians in the conflict.
Last weekend's fifth annual luminary program in the Poplar Grove National Cemetery featured an evening program with 6,000 lit candles, one for each Union soldier buried there.