Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Preservationists lose battle over Wilson’s Creek

Preservationists lose battle over Wilson’s Creek:
"REPUBLIC (AP) - A controversial housing development that abuts a Civil War battlefield has won approval from city officials, but a civil lawsuit could still stall the project...."

The battles in Missouri and Arkansas are not as well-known as the ones east of the Mississippi, but they were significant nonetheless. The outcome of WIlson's Creek -- and several months later, Pea Ridge -- secured the western states for the Union, thus reducing the need for a large Union garrison in Missouri. It would be a tragedy if the rural countryside around Wilson's Creek National Battlefield were converted to housing developments. Our heritage should be given more respect.

Considering the location, this would be a bedroom community for Springfield, with a sizable increase in the tax base for Republic.

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