Site of Black Troops' Battle 'Endangered'





Although New Market Heights was not one of the grand battles of the Civil War, it was a place of death and valor for the soldiers who fought there. [Christian A.] Fleetwood's medal was one of 14 Medals of Honor earned by black troops in the battle that day.

The scene of their heroism has been listed by the Civil War Preservation Trust as one of the 10 most-endangered battlefields in the country.

The site [near Richmond] has one roadside marker describing the battle. Little of the land on which the fighting occurred is protected from development, officials from the trust said at a news conference last month.

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