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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 May 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

Which battlefield has been preserved the best?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 May 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

Little Big Horn is very much like it was.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 6:26 p.m. PST

2nd for Custer last Performance

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 6:36 p.m. PST

I suspect almost any desert battle could qualify? I could of course be clever and mention Naval battles!

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 6:40 p.m. PST

Really tough. I have visited many smaller ACW sites outside of major population centers that are fairly good. In Germany I have found Jena and Teugn Hausen to fairly unchanged.

JimSelzer12 May 2018 6:48 p.m. PST

Little Big Horn

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member12 May 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

Battle Of The Atlantic (WWII).

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2018 8:20 p.m. PST


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 9:52 p.m. PST

Monitor and Merrimac. Honestly, when I was out there in '99, there was a sign sticking out of the water telling folks this is where it happened. Except for the sign, and the bridge you can see it from, I doubt that any change is noticeable.

For ACW battlefields, one thing I've noticed is that a lot of them were open fields and pasture during the war, but they have reverted back to their climax vegetation (woodland) since the war. Keeping up with this takes some doing for the park people.


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member12 May 2018 11:53 p.m. PST

Paluxy River. :)








advocate13 May 2018 1:23 a.m. PST

Battle of Glenshiel

14Bore13 May 2018 4:55 a.m. PST

Maybe not the best but they have brought Gettysburg closer to 1863. Always wanted to see Little Big Horn but haven't.

Fred Mills13 May 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.

jeffreyw3 Inactive Member13 May 2018 6:07 a.m. PST

Borodino is in pretty fair shape, although much more heavily wooded now than it was in 1812.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

Battle of Hastings (in Battle, not Hastings) is fairly well preserved with the exception of the Abby ruins.

Allen5713 May 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Have not been to Europe. In the US Gettysburg, Little Big Horn, and San Jacinto.

@TGerritsen: Hastings?? I had read that that is not the actual site of the battle. link

Anybody know more about that?

Schlesien13 May 2018 8:22 a.m. PST


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

Little Big Horn.

But a number of battlefields in that area would qualify, but they are not so well known.

Rosebud June 1876
Fetterman December 1866
Powder River March 1876
Dull Knife December 1876

What those in this list have going for them is that they are basically rangeland.


Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 1:13 p.m. PST


Their are various theories about alternative locations for the battle. As that linked article points out, they remain just theories!

Having walked the site, it certainly fits with what we know of the battle. Apart from the massive, ruined abbey on top of the hill of course….

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

Shiloh. The battlefield has remained practically unchanged since 1862.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 4:26 p.m. PST

Another nod for Shiloh. Chickamauga is also very well preserved.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 5:20 p.m. PST

Cowpens; the battlefield is more than 80 years older than Shiloh or Chickamauga, and less changed.


Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 11:36 p.m. PST


Allen5715 May 2018 2:04 p.m. PST


I don't know if you can call Antietam well preserved. In the 1930s the area was reforested as part of a Works Progress Administration project. Today those trees have overgrown the place to the extent that it bears little resemblance to what the area purportedly looked like at the time of the battle.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Pea Ridge

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

In the last ten years or so the NPS has been restoring Antietam and other battlefields to as close as they looked as they can. I was at Antietam a year ago and they have cut trees that don't belong, planting more trees where they should be.

They were also restoring Burnside's bridge while I was there. Thankfully Antietam isn't as plagued with monuments as Gettysburg is.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2018 8:51 a.m. PST


deephorse18 May 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

Scapa Flow

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