Battlefield Survey Project
In 1993 the Civil War
Sites Advisory Commission reported to the Congress on the status of the
battlefields of America’s Civil War. They
created an extraordinary database concerning the 384 primary sites. They are located in 26 states.
that time, through the tireless efforts of many individuals and groups, a number
of sites are being preserved. Others might be preserved if they can effectively
convey the story of what happened there. That
is where BGES comes in.
The BGES Board of
Directors wants to supplement the existing data by building a document that
summarizes the status of “the story” of these 384 sites. Using that as a source document, BGES intends to leverage the power of
knowledge into project opportunities. This
survey will package the power of the “end user”--a heritage tourist, into a
requirement to do more with the battlefield resources that exist.
We need your help and
insight to turn this into a living document. Indeed your parochial evaluation of sites near your home will help us
find the “diamonds in the rough” and will provide a fresh look at sites that
are under stewardship; but, that may need refreshing. We have matched up the zip codes of the 384 sites with our membership and
wherever possible matched them down to the 5 number zip. Where there is no direct correlation we’ve tried to get close.
Some people have as many as 10 sites that they live near--we’ve
included 10 surveys. There is
overlap; but, we think duplication will give us a better product. In every instance this is
voluntary on your part.
The 3 page survey is
streamlined to generate information that relates to BGES and our educational
mission. The instructions are
precise; but, your subjectivity is not. We
want your factually based evaluation and personal opinion.
With your timely
assistance we can complete our preliminary survey by January 31, 2003. We expect to release the results of our survey by October 1, 2003.
We have a plan and a timetable. Your
willingness to participate will allow us to complete our work on time. If you cannot or will not be
participating or can only partially participate please let us know by November
15th. You can e-mail us at email@example.com
or call us toll free at 1-888-741-2437. We must know if we will have holes in our survey pattern so we can
fill them in a timely manner.
If you can or will
participate please complete the enclosed surveys and return them by January 17,
2003. We have provided a self addressed return envelope. Thank you in advance for helping us complete this important survey.
You will be noted on the report as the surveyor and we will turn to you
for amplification of any points not made clear in your evaluation.
BGES has already done some
superb work in battlefield interpretation. Please
help us go to the next level. I know
I can count on your support.
For wonderful information on almost any battlefield you can think of, please visit the Heritage Preservation Services website at http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/tvii.htm. You can select Battles by State or Battles by Campaign.