Group Wants National Register Civil War Site Expanded

By
Bethany Venable

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Updated Thu, Apr 19, 2012 2:37 pm

Members of the Buffington Island Battlefield Association want to expand the number of acres of battlefield listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Edd Sharp, association president, says it is important that the entire plot be listed because the Meigs County site was the only Civil War battle in Ohio.
 
"Currently the only part thats on the national register are the four acres that make up the state memorial and obviously there's more than that on the battlefield itself. The entire battlefield is about 1,500 acres and we're going to raise the entire National Register to the entire 1,500 that encompasses the battlefield," said Sharp.
 
The expanded designation will not physically or legally change much about the land.
 
"What it is is its really just a designation it doesn't really change anything. Property owners will still have full rights over their property..its just kind of a designation. Instead of designating a little sliver of the battlefield it would be the entire battlefield," said Sharp.
 
Sharp says the application will be submitted in October and will probably take a year for it to be reviewed at the national level.
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