Jul 30, 2014

Civil War Trust: 2013 Stellar Year for Battlefield Preservation

Of the 30 individual battlefield lands preserved in 10 states, 17 were in Virginia.

Civil War Trust: 2013 Stellar Year for Battlefield Preservation
By  Susan Larson

In a year when Americans commemorated the 150th anniversary of some of the most momentous battles of the Civil War, the  Civil War Trust protected more than 2,700 acres of battlefield land across the U.S.

"This brings the total acreage saved by the organization to  38,500 acresat 122 historic sites in 20 states," said Trust President James Lighthizer.

“Without a doubt, 2013 will long be remembered as one of the most exciting years in the history of battlefield preservation,” Lighthizer said.  “Thanks to the steadfast dedication of our members, friends and partners, we have protected 2,700 acres of the most hallowed ground in America.  It is a proud legacy of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration that will be enjoyed for many generations to come.”

Working with willing landowners and preservation partners, the Trust completed 47 transactions at 30 individual battlefields in 10 states. The battlefields where land was preserved in 2013 are: 
  • Antietam, Md.
  • Ball’s Bluff, Va.
  • Bentonville, N.C.
  • Brandy Station, Va.
  • Brice’s Crossroads, Miss.
  • Cedar Mountain, Va.
  • Chancellorsville, Va.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Chickamauga, Ga.
  • Cold Harbor, Va.
  • Cool Spring, Va.
  • Deep Bottom, Va.
  • Fort Donelson, Tenn.
  • Gettysburg, Pa.
  • Glendale, Va.
  • Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
  • High Bridge, Va.
  • Kelly’s Ford, Va.
  • Malvern Hill, Va.
  • Peeble’s Farm, Va.
  • Perryville, Ky.
  • Rappahannock Station, Va.
  • Sailor’s Creek, Va.
  • Second Manassas, Va.
  • Shepherdstown, W.Va.
  • South Mountain, Md.
  • Totopotomoy Creek, Va.
  • Vicksburg, Miss.
  • White Oak Road, Va.
  • Wilson’s Creek, Mo.
In addition to its land acquisition successes, the Civil War Trust continues promoting greater appreciation and understanding of the Civil War through its innovative educational programs and digital offerings. 

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