Sunday, 6 November 2016
Save Battlefields, Every Month
A few days ago, I asked you to consider becoming a monthly donor to the Civil War Trust. With Veterans Day just around the corner, I can think of no better way to honor the courage and sacrifice that made this country what it is today than to save American battlefield land. As we prepare to take time off for this national holiday, I wanted to remind you of a couple of things.
First, as you may know, Shiloh National Military Park as we know it today is a result of a grassroots movement led by veterans. Civil War veterans banded together in 1893 to turn this once-neglected part of southwestern Tennessee into one of the nation’s most pristine battlefield sites. They did the same thing at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. It is worth noting there were also many veterans that held political positions that allowed them to allocate secure funding to save these national treasures. In other words, early battlefield preservation was done by the veterans with the help of other veterans.
Today, things are a little different. Civil War veterans are no longer here, so it is our charge to carry on their legacy to ensure these lands remain sacred spaces not bulldozed into strip malls or housing developments. In doing so, we are carrying on the work begun by those veterans in blue and gray.
This is why we need your consistent support more than ever. We are rallying our most dedicated supporters to ensure our cause that of saving American history endures. I am asking you to support this effort and consider a monthly contribution. By becoming a monthly donor, you are furthering the mission of the Trust and providing the promise of future success. More importantly, you are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those veterans in blue and gray, telling the next generation of Americans their history matters.
We need your ongoing help to carry out the vision our veterans set forth. Please make a monthly contribution so we can secure and restore our hallowed ground for the next generation.
The Civil War Trust