Please cosponsor The Civil War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park Act H.R. 3725, which would recognize and preserve the nation’s Civil War Defenses of Washington located in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. The Defenses of Washington,
including forts, unarmed batteries and rifle trenches, created a ring of protection for the nation’s capital during the Civil War. This bill would redesignate the 22 Defenses of Washington currently under National Park Service jurisdiction as a national historical
park, and allow other sites associated with the Defenses of Washington that are owned by the District or a unit of state governments to be affiliated with the national historical park through cooperative agreements. This bill would also require the Secretary
of the Interior to facilitate the storied history of the Civil War for both the North and the South, including the history of the Defenses of Washington and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, being assembled, arrayed and conveyed for the benefit of the
public for the knowledge, education and inspiration of this and future generations.