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Friday, 20 April 2018

Saved: Gettysburg at Oak Ridge

Saved: Gettysburg at Oak Ridge

When he spoke at the dedication ceremony for Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln predicted that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” While he wildly underestimated the impact of his own words, Lincoln was certainly right that future generations would not forget the sacrifices made at Gettysburg by brave soldiers who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

I know that you have not forgotten that sacrifice, because I am honored to announce the successful preservation of a critical two-acre tract at Gettysburg’s Oak Ridge, where men from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania let loose deadly fire into the faces of Col. Alfred Iverson’s North Carolinians. The Yankees waited until the Rebels were within 50 yards before unleashing a furious volley at close range. “Unable to advance, unwilling to retreat,” the survivors of Iverson’s brigade hugged the ground for safety, waiting for a renewed Confederate assault to sweep the Federals from Oak Ridge.

This is truly hallowed ground. Thanks to your support, Americans will be able to pay their respects to the brave men on both sides who fought and died there.

I am deeply honored and humbled by your support. Thank you.

The Civil War Trust