Dan Sickles, William H. Tipton, and the Birth of Battlefield Preservation

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Adams County History
Volume 20 Article 4
2014

Dan Sickles, William H. Tipton, and the Birth of Battlefield Preservation
by John M. Rudy

Gettysburg College
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The bill that Sickles shepherded through Congress, based upon previous legislation that had languished in committee, was House Resolution 185, introduced on the first day of June 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the measure into law on June 7, 1894, granting the Secretary of War the express power to condemn historic land for seizure by the federal government. The very next year, Congress officially created the Gettysburg National Military Park. And before the decade was out, thanks to Sickles’ legislation, the federal government had preserved battlefield land at Antietam, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga.

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