Thursday, 15 December 2016
Congress Passed a Petersburg Expansion
I have some great news to share with you! Last week, Congress voted to expand the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia by more than 7,000 acres. While no land will be immediately transferred to the park, this bill could make Petersburg the largest national battlefield park in the country! This exciting development is the culmination of years of effort by the Civil War Trust, its allies in the conservation community and most importantly members like you.
Throughout this campaign, we asked you to speak out and contact your federal representatives in support of this project. The response was overwhelming: thousands of you reached out, and your voices were heard in Washington, D.C. With this expansion, Petersburg National Battlefield’s authorized boundary will include battlefields of the 1864-65 Petersburg Campaign that were not previously part of the park, including places you helped save at the Petersburg Breakthrough, White Oak Road and Ream’s Station.
We still have a great deal of work ahead. Our goal is to work with the National Park Service to incorporate lands saved by the Trust into the park, seamlessly integrating these sites into Petersburg National Battlefield.
Thank you for your support over the years to preserve land at Petersburg, and for lending your voice to ensure these hallowed grounds are preserved for future generations. Together, we will continue to do great work to preserve battlefield land fundamental to our nation’s history.
The Civil War Trust