NPS Survey scheduled for Moore’s Mill Battlefield

Callaway County, Missouri’s Moore’s Mill Battlefield remains in the news. From the Fulton (Missouri) Sun:

State Civil War group earns grant to conduct survey on Moore’s Mill site

Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation and it’s local affiliate, Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage, have announced they will conduct an archeological survey on the core area of the Battle of Moore’s Mill.

The county’s largest and most famous skirmish during the bloody national conflict, the Battle of Moore’s Mill took place July 28, 1862 near where is now known as Calwood. A survey is scheduled to occur there March 21-24.

When Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage co-chair Bryant Liddle became aware of the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, an organization which issues grants for surveying and protecting U.S. battle sites, the ball to get the survey underway began rolling.

“It was my recommendation to our local Civil War Heritage that we have somebody apply for this grant, and it went to the Missouri Civil War Heritage,” said Liddle. “They ended up applying for the grant, (and) received it … That will pay some of the expenses of the people doing the research, some of the transportation and the lodging.”

The survey will be under the supervision of Doug Scott of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Steve Dasovich of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, both of whom have worked on excavations of Civil War and other prominent American battle sites, including the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn.

I last mentioned this battlefield in relation to a search for gravesites.

This is a fine example of the work done under the American Battlefield Protection Program. With respect to battlefields, the work of the National Park Service does not end at the park boundaries. The ABPP provides a vehicle for work beyond those. The chance that Moore’s Mill would become a national park is very slim (the site is currently on private property). But that doesn’t mean the site should not be shuffled aside. The battlefields themselves are resources, or perhaps better stated “primary source materials,” for those studying the events. Surveys such as the one scheduled for Moore’s Mill provide the equivalent of a source index.