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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Starting of Wars, John Buford, Chancellorsville Live, and More

Starting of Wars, John Buford, Chancellorsville Live, and More

Spring is the time of fresh starts and new beginnings. The month of April saw two of the most important starting dates in our nation’s history. Though they stand separated by the decades and were arrived at under vastly different circumstances, both had a profound impact on American history and began conflicts that would shape our nation.

April 19, 1775, was the day a single shot fired in Lexington, Massachusetts, was heard around the world. After suffering through years of taxation, political disenfranchisement, and military occupation, groups of rebelling “minutemen” gathered in the town of Lexington and confronted about 700 British regulars seeking to put them down. As the massed Patriots and Redcoats stared back at one another, some must have still wanted to avoid violence, hoping that issues between London and the colonies could be resolved peacefully. But a single minuteman reportedly fired at the British column, setting off the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which sent the British retreating back to Boston and set the 13 colonies forth to win their independence on the battlefield.

Almost a century later, on April 12, 1861, a different sort of shot was fired at a different sort of enemy. The state of South Carolina and others in the deep South had declared their secession from the Union. But President Abraham Lincoln promised in his first inaugural address that “You have no oath…to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it.’ ” To remind them of that oath, Lincoln decided to resupply the federal garrison on Fort Sumter, an island in Charleston Harbor. Many Southern soldiers and politicians took that action as a provocation. They fired on the fort, forcing its garrison to surrender and leading the divided nation into a conflict that would decide the fate of its Union and, eventually, those who lived in bondage within it.

This April, we thank you for helping to preserve the lands made sacred by the conflicts begun on these two remarkable anniversaries.

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John Buford In4

On December 16, 1863, the Federal Army was robbed of one of the finest cavalry officers in the Union Service. In this new In4, Wayne Motts of the National Civil War Museum details the life and service of Union Brigadier General John Buford.

Park Day Photo Contest

Thank you to all who rolled up their sleeves and made Park Day 2018 a success. We would love to hear your preservation stories and pictures. To enter our contest, upload a photo of you, your family, or friends participating in the day’s events for a chance to win a prize. Keep checking back to vote for your favorites.

Chancellorsville 155th Live

Join us May 2nd, 3rd, and 10th, live on Facebook for all the highlights of the Chancellorsville Campaign the Cracker Box Meeting, Jackson's Flank Attack, the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson, the fight for the Chancellorsville Crossroads, and more. We will bring you live to the Chancellorsville Battlefield via Facebook, and have leading historians, surprises, and a lot of fun in store.

Civil War Animated Map

Our Civil War animated map covers the entire conflict in 27 minutes and includes the Trust’s outstanding animated battle maps, showing army movements, battle reenactments, and exclusive footage of the last reunion of blue and gray veterans in 1938. From the bombardment of Fort Sumter to the furling flags at Appomattox and beyond.

Revolutionary War Animated Map

On April 19, 1775, a group of determined colonists resisted the British advance on Concord and ignited a global conflict. The Revolutionary War spanned eight years and established a new nation. Follow the defining moments of the conflict by viewing our Revolutionary War Animated Map.

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