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9 Jun 2017

Book Launch: The History of the Civil War Trust!


In commemoration of our 30th anniversary, a new book explores the rise of the Civil War Trust, from humble beginnings to become the national champion for historic battlefield preservation. Fighting the Second Civil War: A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, by historian Bob Zeller, tells the story of the Civil War Trust’s extraordinary journey to become the most successful nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in American history.

Starting with the 1987 founding of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, the book highlights numerous preservation dramas both successful and not that ultimately led to the protection of more than 46,000 acres at 132 Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields throughout the nation. These include the high-profile struggle with a Disney theme park at Manassas, the unlikely restoration of the Franklin Battlefield, two national crusades against casino gambling at Gettysburg, and the 11th-hour campaign to save the famous George Washington’s charge site at Princeton.

As a supporter of the Civil War Trust, you helped make this remarkable story a reality. We hope you will enjoy Fighting the Second Civil War available wherever books are sold, or at Knox Press.

Fighting the Second Civil War


Slaughter Pen Farm

At the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Slaughter Pen Farm was the scene of the most vicious hand-to-hand combat and where the Confederates suffered the majority of their casualties. With your help, we can meet our annual commitment to save 208 acres of this significant hallowed ground.

Generations Event in Pittsburgh

Calling all recruits! On June 24, “enlist” in the Union Army and experience what it was like to be a Civil War soldier. Bring your child, niece, nephew, or friend and join us for a free Generations event as we bring the Civil War to live.

Chickamauga Animated Map

This week, Civil War Trust members and staff are gathered in Chattanooga for four days of camaraderie, tours, lectures, and more as part of our Annual Conference. Our Battle of Chickamauga animated map tells the compelling story of the second bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

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