Lost Civil War Battlefields

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Some 10,500 armed conflicts occurred during the Civil War, ranging from battles to minor skirmishes; 384 conflicts were identified as the principal battles and classified according to their historical significance. The 384 principal battles occurred in 26 states. States with 15 or more include: Virginia (123), Tennessee (38), Missouri (29), Georgia (28), Louisiana (23), North Carolina (20), Arkansas (17), and Mississippi (16). Seventy-one of the Civil War battlefields are already lost as intact historic landscapes. Half of the 232 principal battlefields that currently are in good or fair condition are now under threat. Battlefields such as Chantilly and Salem Church in Virginia are just two examples of battlegrounds all but destroyed. Lost Battlefields of the Civil War looks at the historic sites of the conflict that have failed to be preserved—not just the battlefields, but also the defensive fortifications, trench systems, prisons, naval yards, winter quarters, and other significant buildings. It also highlights those battlefields in danger of imminent loss as development pressures increase in the 21st century.


James Campi Jr. is a political communications veteran who holds a lifelong interest in the Civil War. He is currently responsible for government and public relations at the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlegrounds. He has edited several books on the Civil War and has successfully lobbied for $100 million in government grants for historic preservation. He has also led grassroots campaigns to save the Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Chancellorsville battlefields.