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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Save 4 Battlefields in Virginia and West Virginia!

Save 4 Battlefields in Virginia and West Virginia!

As we enter 2017, I am excited to kick off the Civil War Trust’s 30th anniversary year with an incredible opportunity to save 243 acres at four battlefields in Virginia and West Virginia. To help, we have a remarkable $14.96-to-$1 match that will increase the power of your donation. I can’t think of a better way to begin the New Year.

As a student of the Civil War, you know Virginia and West Virginia which were one state until West Virginia was admitted into the Union in 1863 played pivotal roles in our Civil War. Union and Confederate forces lunged blindly at one another in an effort to control West Virginia in the early months of the war. Just east of the Alleghenies, the verdant fields of the Shenandoah Valley were also vital to the strategies of the Northern and Southern armies, leading to a seesaw struggle that lasted nearly the entire conflict. And, of course, the land surrounding the Confederate capitol of Richmond became one vast battleground in 1864 and 1865, as the blue and the gray grappled with one another in the war’s desperate final months. The Civil War touched every part of the United States, but its impact on Virginia and West Virginia was immense.

We now have the chance to save 243 acres in these two important states. We are preserving a vital tract at the heart of the Cedar Creek battlefield in Virginia, as well as additional acres at another Virginia battlefield, New Market Heights a battle in which 23 members of the United States Colored Troops received the Medal of Honor. In the Mountain State, we are protecting a massive 200-acre tract at Harpers Ferry, which figured prominently in the 1862 battle and siege. Lastly, we are saving the first acres ever preserved at Greenbrier River, scene of an early war clash in West Virginia.

Help us get 2017 off to a great start and save these four battlefields.

All donors who give $100 or more will receive an exclusive print of “Rally on the Battery,” a painting by Keith Rocco of the Battle of Cedar Creek.

Article: USCT at New Market Heights

Battle Map: Greenbrier River

Battle Overview: Harpers Ferry

Cedar Creek: Closing the Back Door

The Civil War Trust