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November 1, 2010 Volume 3

National Park Service Sends $1.2 Million To Battlefields

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The National Park Service has awarded $1,200,000 in grants to save endangered battlefields around the country. The funds are for battles from the Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Civil War, and World War II.

“These grants will help safeguard and preserve American battlefield lands,” said Jon Jarvis from the NPS. “These lands are symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage that we must protect so that this and future generations can walk these places and understand the struggles that define us as a nation.”

Grants were made to projects in 17 states and territories. The money supports archeology, mapping, cultural resource survey work, documentation, planning, education, and interpretation. Priority was given to nationally significant battlefields.

Those from the Indian Wars include:
Ball State University (Indiana) $70,000
The Battle on the Wabash (1791) and
The Battle of Fort Recovery (1794 in Ohio)

This was the largest battle of Native American forces against the American Army in U.S. history. Little is known about these battles. Funds will help identify and document the battlefield boundaries to help prevent private development and looting.
Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association (Minnesota) $47,000
Wood Lake Battlefield

Wood Lake was the last major battle of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The battle occurred because the U.S. violated treaties with Minnesota’s Dakota Indians that led to hardships for these tribes. A  preservation plan will be developed for the Wood Lake Battlefield.

Gulf Archeology Research Institute (Florida) $49,500
Fort Defiance and Fort Micanopy

The opening battles of the Second Seminole War occurred in and around Micanopy. This project will identify the nature and extent of Fort Defiance and Fort Micanopy through field archeology, archival research, and data analysis.
Frontier Heritage Alliance (Montana) $68,800
Stanley-Custer Battles with Sioux Warriors

 The battles were against the Northern Pacific Railroad survey expedition on the Yellowstone River in 1873. This project will identify the battles, produce a historical report, educate nearby landowners about historic significance, and produce a National Register nomination.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (Connecticut) $19,000
The Battle of Saybrook Fort

These were battles, ambushes, and actions that were part of the Pequot War (1636-1637). This project will identify areas for archeological testing, revise map, help with preservation efforts, and educate the public.


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