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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Four States, Seven Battlefields, 1,053 Acres Saved

Four States, Seven Battlefields, 1,053 Acres Saved

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, more than one thousand acres of hallowed ground across seven Civil War battlefields are forever protected from development!

From the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia and the "battle that saved Washington" in Maryland to Corinth and the Vicksburg Campaign in Mississippi to the Red River Campaign in Arkansas, this land represents a significant cross-section of major military movements in the war. Most of the tracts we've saved are adjacent to previously preserved ground, meaning that acre by hallowed acre, we are expanding outdoor spaces to honor and explore American history.

Altogether, this land is worth more than $4.1 million. Thanks to a combination of matching grants, federal funds, we were able to save it for a fraction of that price. More importantly, the battlefields where these tracts are situated Brice's Cross Roads, Cedar Creek, Champion Hill, Corinth, Monocacy, Prairie D'Ane and Second Deep Bottom saw more than 32,000 American combat casualties.

I'll tell you what, my friend an opportunity to save so much hallowed ground in one fell swoop is rare. But at the Trust, we work to match the scope of America's defining conflicts. Members like you are the reason we can work at this level and leave a remarkable legacy for future generations of Americans.

Your good work has also inspired other battlefield landowners to preserve their important land, as demonstrated in our current fundraising effort to preserve 68 acres at Champion Hill.

In honoring our nation's past, we help protect its future, ensuring that men and women for generations to come can learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in our country. I continue to be astonished at all we can accomplish when we work together. Thank you for your partnership in this critical endeavor.

Want to learn more about the land you saved? See how all these campaigns and battles fit together in our Animated Map of the Civil War, then peruse the battles by state or year.

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