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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Celebrating Victory at Lee's Headquarters!

Celebrating Victory at Lee's Headquarters!

Just days ago, we celebrated one of the greatest victories in the Trust’s history: the preservation of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters at the Battle of Gettysburg. Nearly 700 people joined us, along with a few of our key partners Gettysburg National Military Park, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, the Gettysburg Foundation and the Gettysburg Seminary.

With a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, we opened the small stone house also known as the Mary Thompson House and the adjacent lands that served as a combat command center during one of the most decisive battles in American history. Whether you joined in person or followed the news from afar, on behalf of the Trust, I offer heartfelt thanks to all who supported this tremendous effort, from start to finish.

For more than a year, the Trust worked diligently to rehabilitate the home and return the landscape to its Civil War appearance. This involved removing 10 modern structures and several post-war additions to the headquarters building. We relied on period photographs and post-war surveys to replicate historic contours and gardens. We even installed a dog house visible in a photo taken during the Civil War.

Once again, thank you for your support and enthusiasm in memorializing these historic grounds and preserving them for future generations.

If you weren’t able to join in person, you can still take part in the celebration. Watch a highlight video of the spectacular day. Take a look at our photo gallery showing the grounds, the event and the ribbon cutting ceremony. And don’t miss our Facebook Live recording and tour Lee’s Headquarters with Garry Adelman!

The Civil War Trust