Here is an article that readers may find interesting concerning preservation of South Mountain battlefield, the site on an important engagement during the 1862 Antietam Campaign. Hopefully the National Park Service will approve the application. And shame on the Washington County Commissioners.
According to the park manager for the South Mountain battlefield park, such a listing would go a long way towards getting protection against encroachments from power lines and cell phones towers. The park would also be eligible for more grant money, not a bad thing in these lean times. This listing could even further the efforts of the Civil War Preservation Trust, which included South Mountain on its list of Most Endangered Battlefields.