Skip to comments.PRESERVATION TRUST MOURNS LOSS OF HISTORIAN AND PRESERVATIONIST BRIAN POHANKA
Posted on 06/17/2005 7:37:40 AM PDT by Braak
PRESERVATION TRUST MOURNS LOSS OF HISTORIAN AND PRESERVATIONIST BRIAN POHANKA
Historian was a true giant in the historic preservation community
(Alexandria, Va.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) learned this morning of the untimely death of a true giant in the historic preservation community, historian and preservationist Brian C. Pohanka. CWPT President James Lighthizer made the following statement in the wake of Brians passing:
Today the battlefield preservation community, and the Civil War community at large, mourn the loss of historian and preservationist Brian C. Pohanka. Few people have contributed more to keeping the memory of the Civil War alive for the present generations of Americans. He will be missed.
Brian was a familiar face on many Civil War documentaries. He could be found on such programs as Civil War Journal and Ken Burns landmark The Civil War, among countless others. Brians commentary was always sharp, insightful, and to the point. He further shared his perspective through countless books and articles on the war, and helped other young authors with advice and encouragement. Brians true passion centered on the famous Zouave soldiers, especially the renowned Fifth New York Volunteer Infantry.
Arguably Brians most important contribution in a life full of great contributions was in 1987, when he helped start the battlefield preservation movement that we know today. Brian hosted some of the first meetings Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, a group that would later become the Civil War Preservation Trust. Thanks to Brians foresight and commitment, hallowed battlefields that would otherwise have been paved over remain for future generations to visit and venerate. We at the Civil War Preservation Trust are proud and honored to carry on the work he started.
The Civil War Preservation Trusts Board of Trustees, members and staff join me in expressing our deepest sympathy to Brians wife Cricket and the rest of his family. Although he is gone, Brians passion for preservation and history will continue to inspire Civil War buffs and preservationists for decades to come.
With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nations endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPTs website is www.civilwar.org.
How very sad. God bless him.
He died yesterday of cancer. In addition to the Civil War he was a recognized expert on the Little Big Horn battle.
Thanks for posting Braak!
May he rest in peace.
He was a good man. Mr. Pohanka will be missed by all of us who look to the future with optimism, but cherish the past.
At ease, Captain Pohanka...and may God bless.
Sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed his work. Rest in peace.
Maybe becuase He figures they've stood their watch and it's time to relieve them.
Strike the tents!
Brian was my Captain and my friend. The hole he leaves in our lives can never be filled. He was a shining example of how one should live their life. I only hope that I can live up to his example.
If I know Brian, he is sitting with GK Warren and Cleveland Winslow right now talking over old times....