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Thursday, 7 December 2017

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

I am writing to you today about an incredible opportunity to save 326 acres of hallowed ground in the Civil War’s most fought-over state, Virginia.

With your help, we have saved more than 24,000 acres of battlefield land in the Old Dominion. When you think of just how much happened in Virginia the first major land battle of the war, the fall of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and more than 120 significant battles and engagements in between it’s easy to understand why.

We are currently working to protect land at three different Virginia battlefields: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. At Second Manassas we will be adding 167 acres to the more than 200 we have already protected and ensuring that none of that lend will ever be desecrated by the construction of “McMansions.”

Further to the south we are fighting to save 126 acres at North Anna, including the site of the historic Fox House. Not only was North Anna a key battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign, this site where Robert E. Lee reportedly stopped for a glass of buttermilk before the battle began is considered the lynchpin of the Confederate line.

Last but by no means least we have the chance to save 33 acres of core battlefield land at New Market Heights. Here, on September 29, 1864, several regiments of the United States Colored Troops assaulted and successfully captured a section of Confederate earthworks. Fourteen of those brave soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their courage under fire.

All told, these 326 acres are valued at more than $5.6 million. But, thanks to an incredible $33.42-to-these $1 match, you and I can save these tangible pieces of American history for only $167,900. Help us honor the courage shown and the sacrifices made by thousands of American soldiers at these pivotal battles in our nation’s defining conflict.

We need $167,900 to protect 326 acres of hallowed ground in Virginia. Help preserve this historic land for future generations to cherish.

The Civil War Trust