CW Preservation

Civil War Preservation is one of

Echoes Through Time’s

Chief Concerns…

Did you know….We loose as a nation, historical sites and battlefields everyday !

Hundreds of Acres are destroyed every day, due to: development & urban sprawl…. The constant fight to repel: New housing developments, Condo’s, Casino’s and new roadways is shrinking communities where history took place. A prime example is the Battlefields such as Fredericksburg, VA where four major Civil war battles took place, is virtually surrounded by the combination of urban sprawl, Condo’s and expanding roadways.

Condominiums are on the very edge of the battlefield boundaries,  new housing developments encircle these hollowed grounds, and the main roadway thoroughfares passing through Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania had to be widen because of the heavy traffic in those communities. Washington DC is consuming Northern Virginia at an alarming rate, as we lose precious lands that will never be able to be replaced without your help…..

Take notice America……

                   This is Our History !

                               Our Past and Future …..!

They Need Our Help !!

Our ETT Learning Center – is a proud supporter of the Civil War Trust, the leading preservation group dedicated to Preserving our Civil War sites / battlefields

Another local Preservation group, that is out trying to preserve a historic Civil War building in Little Valley, NY (Cattaraugus County, NY) – is C.A.M.P (Citizens Advocate Memorial Preservation)

PLEASE Check out both of these Preservation Groups listed below

Echoes Through Time

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)