Friday, 23 September 2016
Halfway to our Goal to Save Trevilian Station!
Last week I told you about a momentous opportunity to save two acres in Virginia at the Trevilian Station battlefield. I am happy to say, thanks to the support of members like you, we have raised half of the $11,000 we need to preserve this land for future generations. That means we are one step closer to adding this property to the more than 1,700 acres we have already saved at Trevilian Station scene of the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War.
Recall this parcel was the scene of the first contact between Union and Confederate forces on the morning of June 11, 1864. Just as the sun was coming up, Confederate horsemen under General Williams Wickham surprised General George Custer’s brigade of Michigan cavalry during breakfast. Wickham’s Virginians charged across this property, driving the Federals up the Marquis Road, capturing several of them along the way. Ultimately, the wolverines repulsed Wickham’s attack before being called away to another part of the field. However, the fierce firefight marked the beginning of the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. The Battle of Trevilian Station had begun.
We recently placed the winning bid at an auction to acquire this property rushing in to ensure that this land was not lost to development. Without the time to secure funds in advance of the auction, we’re counting on your help to raise the necessary funds to save this portion of the Trevilian Station battlefield.
Up to now, no effort has been made to save this part of the Trevilian Station battlefield. You have the chance to do something significant: save a neglected piece of hallowed ground crucial to our history.
Help save Trevilian Station!
The Civil War Trust