Where history means everything

According to a study done by the U.S. Congress, fully 20 percent of the hallowed ground of the Civil War has already been destroyed forever, covered by roads, housing developments and other inappropriate development. Battlefields such as Chantilly, in Virginia, Murfreesborough in Tennessee, and the battles around Atlanta in Georgia are gone forever. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks and about 5 percent is currently preserved by the Civil War Preservation Trust, or in state or local parks – all of the rest of that hallowed ground is either unprotected or has already been destroyed. We are racing the developers to save what is left.


At current rates of development and with rapidly increasing land prices, our nation loses approximately one acre of hallowed ground every hour. We calculate that the fate of the remaining unprotected ground will be determined within the next five to fifteen years, depending on its location.


I have been given the good fortune of visiting many of the battlefields that shaped our nation during the Civil War. While I can't save our precious history single handedly, I do what I can to preserve what is left of these places of honor in images that will hopefully inspire, endure, and cause us all to pause and think on the supreme sacrifice that was made on our behalf by generations not too long gone by.


As a photographer, I can pay no greater tribute to the men and women who gave of themselves then to honor their memory, as best I know how.

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The Civil War Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving this hollowed ground for the remembrance of all people.