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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Glendale: a "Preservation Gem"

Glendale: a "Preservation Gem"

This makes the story of Glendale, a battlefield essentially saved from scratch, all the more significant. As one historian said, Glendale is a "preservation gem," thanks largely to the work you and I have done to save this key battlefield.

Fought on June 30, 1862, the Battle of Glendale, Virginia, was the penultimate engagement of the Seven Days Campaign Robert E. Lee’s attempt to drive the Federals away from the Confederate capital at Richmond. Lee's army caught the Yankees off guard, but their attacks were poorly coordinated. Swift moving Union reinforcements arrived on the field just in time to stave off disaster, allowing the Federals to continue their retreat after dark.

In 2006, the Civil War Trust listed Glendale as one of the most endangered Civil War battlefields in the nation, and with only one acre independently protected by the National Park Service, the designation was fitting. One year earlier, the Trust acquired a crucial 43-acre tract at the very heart of the battlefield, and the first piece of Glendale's remarkable reclamation puzzle fell into place. This acquisition opened many doors in the tight knit community, giving preservationists real hope for the first time. Suddenly, we found ourselves in negotiations for an additional 319 acres of highly significant historic land at Glendale, and the support poured in.

In 2014, our steadfast members helped to add 57 acres at a critical crossroads of the battlefield that was coveted by Gen. Robert E. Lee. As of December 2016, the Trust has transferred 625 acres to Richmond National Battlefield Park.

As you may well know, this year marks the battle's 30th anniversary. Since 1987, we have saved more than 45,000 acres of American battlefield land, and every step of the way I have been humbled by your generosity. Without you, battlefields like Glendale might not exist today. Supporters like you have been critical in the fight to save our hallowed ground, and I hope you feel as proud as I do about the land that we have preserved and interpreted for future generations.

The Civil War Trust