1 Dec 2016

Help Save Three Battlefields in Virginia!

Help Save Three Battlefields in Virginia!

At the Civil War Trust we have made incredible strides in saving key portions of America’s most important Civil War battlefields. Nowhere is this truer than in Virginia where we have saved more than 22,000 acres of hallowed ground at places like Gaines’ Mill, Cedar Mountain and countless others. Thanks to your support we have protected these crucial landscapes for future generations of Americans to cherish forever.

As we look toward the Trust’s 30th anniversary in 2017, we are intent on furthering the work we have started in Virginia and elsewhere. That means we are doing everything we can to complete the preservation of battlefields. We hope future visitors will come to places like Cedar Mountain or Cold Harbor and see the entire landscape as the soldiers saw it in 1862 or 1864.

Right now we have a chance to advance the cause considerably by saving 393 acres at three different Virginia battlefields: Gaines’ Mill, Cedar Mountain and Cold Harbor. These tracts were not only scenes of heavy fighting during those battles, but are also substantial, long-awaited acquisitions at all three sites.

At Gaines’ Mill, we are saving property adjacent to land we have saved over the last several years, completing one section of the area over which the decisive assault of the battle was made. The 333-acre parcel at Cedar Mountain was a major Union artillery platform and the jumping off point for the Federal assault on the Confederate left. We are also preserving the site of a significant earthen fort at Cold Harbor, adding to the overall acreage saved at this pivotal Overland Campaign battleground.

At least 32,000 Americans were casualties of war on these three battlefields. Now, we have an opportunity to honor their memory by saving the land where they made sacrifices to forge the nation we are today.


American Battlefield Trust

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