From Preservation Action:
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced H.R 3725 to recognize and preserve the Civil War defenses in the Washington, DC area. The bill would create a National Historical Park to protect remaining Civil War defenses in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
While some of remaining sites are already under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service or local governments, many lack sufficient funding to fully protect and interpret this important chapter in Civil War history. This includes the Battle of Fort Stevens which lasted for 2 days in 1964 and tested the civil war defenses constructed to protect the nation's capitol. This marked the last Confederate attempt to take Washington and was personally observed by President Abraham Lincoln, who was even shot at during the battle.
In additional to establishing a National Historical Park, this bill would study the Civil War and facilitate a better understanding of the Battle of Fort Stevens and the entire Shenandoah Campaign. Rep. Holmes Norton sent a Dear Colleague letter urging other House members to cosponsor this important bill. Check out the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington to learn more.
Reach out to your Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R 3725 today.
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