Debating Battlefield Rehabilitation

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Civil War Institute


This roundtable explored a variety of approaches to managing Civil War battlefields, delving into the difference between rehabilitation and restoration, the challenge of commemorative structures, the place of supposedly “non-contributing” aspects of a landscape (and the history embedded in them), the educational value of recreating period landscapes, and the maintenance work involved in sustaining them.


This session was part of the Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th conference, which was jointly sponsored by the Civil War Institute, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg National Military Park and held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013. The conference drew approximately 450 attendees from all walks of the historical profession, as well as members of the general public.

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