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Small MO Town Seeks Civil War Preservation


Newtonia, MO – Some people who live in Newtonia, Mo. are trying to preserve two Civil War battlefields.

Newtonia is about 25 miles from the Oklahoma border in southwest Missouri. The group making the effort has already bought a mansion that served as a headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces.

But it would also like to add about six square miles of land that was a battlefield.

Some national Civil War preservation groups list the two sites as among the most threatened in the country.

One of the group's founding members, Tom Higdon, says he envisions a visitors' center and renovations to the mansion. But some in the town have raised worries about what kind of disruptions would accompany such an increase in tourism that such preservation is sure to create.

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