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U.S. battlefields in danger of being lost to development

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, a number of battlefields from the War of 1812 and the American Revolution are in danger of being lost due to development.

Because much of the land where the soldiers encamped is privately held, the fields west of Benedict make up one of seven historic War of 1812 sites in Maryland the U.S. Department of Interior considers threatened by development in the next decade, according to a 2008 report.

Nationwide, 164 battlefields and historic sites from the War of 1812 and the American Revolution face “medium” or “high” risk of destruction by 2018.

More than 100 historic locations along the East Coast are already gone.

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Story: McClatchy Tribune | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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  1. The United States is large enough (it is not small like Holland) such that key historical sites may be preserved. We are a nation that appears to ignore or marginalize history or sites of historical significance. A great shame

    BENJAMIN RAUCHER

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