21 Oct 2015

Save Two Battlefields

Although the Civil War was fought all over the United States, the armies often found themselves on ground where they had previously fought. This was especially true in Virginia, where the verdant Shenandoah Valley and the Confederate capital of Richmond with its critical transportation facilities, frequently attracted the attention of strategists in blue and gray. Surrounded by memories of past experience, men from North and South once again hallowed their old battlegrounds with fresh valor.

The Civil War Trust has the incredible opportunity to revisit the scenes of our own previous battles by saving 86 acres at two battlefields associated with four battles. At Kernstown, where fighting raged in 1862 and 1864, we have the chance to save 73 acres of battlefield land half of which had already been earmarked for development. In Richmond an area that is threatened daily by development we have the chance to protect 13 acres at the heart of the Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbor battlefields, the scene of horrific slaughter in 1862 and 1864.

Altogether 34,000 men fell in these four battles, many of them, no doubt, on the very land we are working to save. With your help, we can save this doubly hallowed ground from development and add to the more than 682 acres we have saved at these two battlefields.


American Battlefield Trust

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