Posts Tagged ‘The Civil War Trust’

15 Acres at 3 Tennessee Battlefields

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

With the exception of Virginia, no state endured more significant Civil War battles than Tennessee. It was in Tennessee during the war’s early stages where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant first gained national recognition by demanding and securing the “unconditi…

January in the Civil War

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

With a few notable exceptions, the month of January often served as a time during which Civil War armies rested, licked their wounds, and waited for the roads before resuming campaigning in the spring.That is not to say that January was devoid of event…

Only $12,500 to go to Save Seven Battlefields

Posted on January 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

I recently wrote to you ago about a special opportunity to save 1,053 acres of hallowed ground in four states, at seven battlefields: Brice’s Cross Roads, Cedar Creek, Champion Hill, Corinth, Monocacy, Prairie D’Ane, and Second Deep Bottom.Our friends …

Victory: Matching Challenge!

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

For the 2017 giving season, we set for ourselves an ambitious fundraising goal. Fellow supporters offered to triple your donations, up to $125,000, through the end of the year. And in a beautiful demonstration of the holiday spirit, you came through.As…

Happy New Year

Posted on January 1st, 2018 under . Posted by

As you know, 2017 marked our 30th anniversary as an organization dedicated to preserving battlefield land. Although we had much to celebrate throughout the year, we didn’t rest on our laurels. In 2017, we saved more than 2,000 acres of hallowed ground …

Final Hours to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift in 2017!

Posted on December 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Only hours remain in 2017. Have you made a final tax-deductible gift toward preservation?There is still time to take advantage of the opportunity on the table. Until midnight EST tonight, your gift will be tripled by fellow donors, $3-to-$1.We cannot l…

It’s the Last Day to Triple Your Impact!

Posted on December 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

This is the final day to take advantage of the final preservation opportunity of our 30th anniversary year. An incredible opportunity is on the table. Thanks to generous supporters, your gift will be tripled, up to $125,000, through midnight tonight.We…

Don’t Delay. Make a Tax-deductible Donation Now!

Posted on December 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

Have you taken advantage of the chance to triple the impact of your tax-deductible donation? Remember: fellow supporters have pledged to triple your online gifts, up to $125,000, until the end of 2017.During this special time of year, your support is n…

Triple Your Impact at Sites Like Appomattox

Posted on December 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

I recently told you about a special, limited-time opportunity to end the year with a gift that will benefit Americans of all ages, both now and in the future. Thanks to an extremely generous match made available by our donors, any gift made between now…

Final Days of the $3-to-$1 Match

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

We’re in the home stretch of 2017 and there’s so much to be proud of. This year, we have saved more than 2,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land at 25 battlefields across 10 states. That is remarkable.In these final days of 2017, I am asking you to ma…

Our Successes in 2017

Posted on December 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Since the founding of the Civil War Trust, we have relied on donors like you to create a legacy of preserved hallowed ground for future generations. Throughout our history as an organization, each year has brought new and often daunting challenges as w…

Christmas in the Civil War

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Many of America’s most beloved holiday traditions have been celebrated since the time of the Civil War. Often posted far from home, soldiers sought solace in customs like caroling, gift exchanges, and decorating. One soldier, Alfred Bellard of the 5th …

Pivotal Moments in the Month of December

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

For those of who remain fascinated by the Civil War, it can be staggering to contemplate the sheer density of important events that transpired between 1861 and 1865. The onset of cold weather did little to slacken the pace of events. Indeed, many of th…

The Gift of History

Posted on December 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

Are you searching for a gift for a history lover or preservationist in your life? Give a gift membership and make them a part of the Civil War Trust team that is working hard to save America’s threatened battlefields. When you give a gift membership on…

Protect Second Manassas, Champion Hill, and Appomattox Court House with our Special Match

Posted on December 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

A few days ago, I told you about an amazing, limited-time opportunity to celebrate the season of giving by giving a gift that will benefit Americans of all ages, both now and in the future. Thanks to an extremely generous match made available by one of…

Triple Your Impact

Posted on December 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

In an 1861 letter to his mother, Union officer Robert Gould Shaw wrote, “It is Christmas morning, and I hope it will be a happy and merry one for you all, though, it looks so stormy for our poor country, one can hardly be in a merry humor.” One hundred…

You Did It!

Posted on December 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Earlier this month, the Civil War Trust and NOVA Parks hosted a news conference in historic Loudoun County, Virginia, to announce the preservation of 20 acres associated with the Battle of Upperville a small but significant early engagement of the mome…

Save The Cold Harbor Battlefield

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

Save The Cold Harbor Battlefield

If you’re like me, you know the story of the Battle of Cold Harbor. You know that on June 3, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered a massive assault against Robert E. Lee’s army across a seven-mile wide front approximately nine miles northeast of Richmond, Virginia. The Union assault was disjointed, with some troops going forward as ordered and others holding back. Even worse, the Yankees marched into the teeth of extremely well-entrenched Confederates who cut them down wholesale. The affair was so one-sided that Grant later wrote that he “always regretted” the attack on June 3, 1864.

But there is another part of the story of Cold Harbor, one that is often glossed over in history. On June 1, 1864 two days before the infamous seven-mile wide assault Union and Confederate troops fought at Cold Harbor with much different results.

Early on June 1, Lee ordered a portion of his command to attack Union cavalry who had seized the Old Cold Harbor crossroads. The Yankee horsemen easily repulsed the Confederates, who then pulled back and began to dig in. Hoping to strike the Rebels before they completed their entrenchments, Grant ordered the Sixth and Eighteenth Corps to attack. After brushing aside Confederate skirmishers, the Federals engaged in a fierce struggle with Lee’s men, much of it hand-to-hand, over the incomplete breastworks. Darkness ultimately ended the fighting on June 1, with the Southerners falling back to the line they would later occupy on June 3.

My friends, you and I have the historic opportunity to save five crucial tracts totaling 55 acres at Cold Harbor. This is some of the most important land left save at Cold Harbor, including the land over which the Yankees charged in their fight on June 1, and a portion of the line held by Confederates during the fighting on June 3. This is hallowed ground indeed.

Help us preserve the memory of those Americans who fought and died on this land in 1864 by saving these 55 acres. Help save Cold Harbor.

The Civil War Trust

Save The Cold Harbor Battlefield

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

Save The Cold Harbor Battlefield

If you’re like me, you know the story of the Battle of Cold Harbor. You know that on June 3, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered a massive assault against Robert E. Lee’s army across a seven-mile wide front approximately nine miles northeast of Richmond, Virginia. The Union assault was disjointed, with some troops going forward as ordered and others holding back. Even worse, the Yankees marched into the teeth of extremely well-entrenched Confederates who cut them down wholesale. The affair was so one-sided that Grant later wrote that he “always regretted” the attack on June 3, 1864.

But there is another part of the story of Cold Harbor, one that is often glossed over in history. On June 1, 1864 two days before the infamous seven-mile wide assault Union and Confederate troops fought at Cold Harbor with much different results.

Early on June 1, Lee ordered a portion of his command to attack Union cavalry who had seized the Old Cold Harbor crossroads. The Yankee horsemen easily repulsed the Confederates, who then pulled back and began to dig in. Hoping to strike the Rebels before they completed their entrenchments, Grant ordered the Sixth and Eighteenth Corps to attack. After brushing aside Confederate skirmishers, the Federals engaged in a fierce struggle with Lee’s men, much of it hand-to-hand, over the incomplete breastworks. Darkness ultimately ended the fighting on June 1, with the Southerners falling back to the line they would later occupy on June 3.

My friends, you and I have the historic opportunity to save five crucial tracts totaling 55 acres at Cold Harbor. This is some of the most important land left save at Cold Harbor, including the land over which the Yankees charged in their fight on June 1, and a portion of the line held by Confederates during the fighting on June 3. This is hallowed ground indeed.

Help us preserve the memory of those Americans who fought and died on this land in 1864 by saving these 55 acres. Help save Cold Harbor.

The Civil War Trust

30th Milestones: Slaughter Pen Farm

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

30th Milestones: Slaughter Pen Farm

Over the last 12 months, you have joined me in celebrating the Civil War Trust’s 30 years of protecting America’s sacred battlefield land. From Fort Donelson in Tennessee, to Appomattox Court House in Virginia, you have played a key role in saving nearly 48,000 acres of hallowed ground since we embarked on this mission in 1987.

No project the Civil War Trust has undertaken has been more ambitious than our campaign to save the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg. On December 13, 1862, John Gibbon’s division advanced across this land before temporarily breaking through Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate line. Virtually unsupported, Gibbon eventually had no choice but to fall back, hotly pursued by Jackson’s men. The fighting that followed was vicious, with both sides charging across the Slaughter Pen. Five brave Americans were later awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions on this land. By day’s end, the Confederate line held firm and the Federals had lost the best chance of success.

When the property was put on the market in 2005, it was zoned for industrial use and described as “one of the best industrial sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The situation looked grim, but we refused to throw in the towel.

Gibbon might have essentially been left to fend for himself, but we were fortunate enough to be able to rely on the steadfast support of our members. After working with our partners to have the property taken off the market, we announced in March 2006 what remains to this day the largest private battlefield acquisition in history, purchasing the 208-acre Slaughter Pen Farm for $12 million. Of this amount, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust pledged $1 million — a colossal commitment for an organization of its size. True to form, the undaunted men and women of CVBT have since paid this sum in full.

Every one of our successes is a direct result of your dedication and generosity. In sustaining our mission, you not only honor the sacrifices of the men and women who built, defended, and defined our nation, but you help ensure that generations to come will be able to learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world.

The Civil War Trust

30th Milestones: Slaughter Pen Farm

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

30th Milestones: Slaughter Pen Farm

Over the last 12 months, you have joined me in celebrating the Civil War Trust’s 30 years of protecting America’s sacred battlefield land. From Fort Donelson in Tennessee, to Appomattox Court House in Virginia, you have played a key role in saving nearly 48,000 acres of hallowed ground since we embarked on this mission in 1987.

No project the Civil War Trust has undertaken has been more ambitious than our campaign to save the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg. On December 13, 1862, John Gibbon’s division advanced across this land before temporarily breaking through Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate line. Virtually unsupported, Gibbon eventually had no choice but to fall back, hotly pursued by Jackson’s men. The fighting that followed was vicious, with both sides charging across the Slaughter Pen. Five brave Americans were later awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions on this land. By day’s end, the Confederate line held firm and the Federals had lost the best chance of success.

When the property was put on the market in 2005, it was zoned for industrial use and described as “one of the best industrial sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The situation looked grim, but we refused to throw in the towel.

Gibbon might have essentially been left to fend for himself, but we were fortunate enough to be able to rely on the steadfast support of our members. After working with our partners to have the property taken off the market, we announced in March 2006 what remains to this day the largest private battlefield acquisition in history, purchasing the 208-acre Slaughter Pen Farm for $12 million. Of this amount, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust pledged $1 million — a colossal commitment for an organization of its size. True to form, the undaunted men and women of CVBT have since paid this sum in full.

Every one of our successes is a direct result of your dedication and generosity. In sustaining our mission, you not only honor the sacrifices of the men and women who built, defended, and defined our nation, but you help ensure that generations to come will be able to learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world.

The Civil War Trust

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

I am writing to you today about an incredible opportunity to save 326 acres of hallowed ground in the Civil War’s most fought-over state, Virginia.

With your help, we have saved more than 24,000 acres of battlefield land in the Old Dominion. When you think of just how much happened in Virginia the first major land battle of the war, the fall of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and more than 120 significant battles and engagements in between it’s easy to understand why.

We are currently working to protect land at three different Virginia battlefields: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. At Second Manassas we will be adding 167 acres to the more than 200 we have already protected and ensuring that none of that lend will ever be desecrated by the construction of “McMansions.”

Further to the south we are fighting to save 126 acres at North Anna, including the site of the historic Fox House. Not only was North Anna a key battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign, this site where Robert E. Lee reportedly stopped for a glass of buttermilk before the battle began is considered the lynchpin of the Confederate line.

Last but by no means least we have the chance to save 33 acres of core battlefield land at New Market Heights. Here, on September 29, 1864, several regiments of the United States Colored Troops assaulted and successfully captured a section of Confederate earthworks. Fourteen of those brave soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their courage under fire.

All told, these 326 acres are valued at more than $5.6 million. But, thanks to an incredible $33.42-to-these $1 match, you and I can save these tangible pieces of American history for only $167,900. Help us honor the courage shown and the sacrifices made by thousands of American soldiers at these pivotal battles in our nation’s defining conflict.

We need $167,900 to protect 326 acres of hallowed ground in Virginia. Help preserve this historic land for future generations to cherish.

The Civil War Trust

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

326 Acres of Hallowed Ground in Virginia

I am writing to you today about an incredible opportunity to save 326 acres of hallowed ground in the Civil War’s most fought-over state, Virginia.

With your help, we have saved more than 24,000 acres of battlefield land in the Old Dominion. When you think of just how much happened in Virginia the first major land battle of the war, the fall of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and more than 120 significant battles and engagements in between it’s easy to understand why.

We are currently working to protect land at three different Virginia battlefields: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. At Second Manassas we will be adding 167 acres to the more than 200 we have already protected and ensuring that none of that lend will ever be desecrated by the construction of “McMansions.”

Further to the south we are fighting to save 126 acres at North Anna, including the site of the historic Fox House. Not only was North Anna a key battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign, this site where Robert E. Lee reportedly stopped for a glass of buttermilk before the battle began is considered the lynchpin of the Confederate line.

Last but by no means least we have the chance to save 33 acres of core battlefield land at New Market Heights. Here, on September 29, 1864, several regiments of the United States Colored Troops assaulted and successfully captured a section of Confederate earthworks. Fourteen of those brave soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their courage under fire.

All told, these 326 acres are valued at more than $5.6 million. But, thanks to an incredible $33.42-to-these $1 match, you and I can save these tangible pieces of American history for only $167,900. Help us honor the courage shown and the sacrifices made by thousands of American soldiers at these pivotal battles in our nation’s defining conflict.

We need $167,900 to protect 326 acres of hallowed ground in Virginia. Help preserve this historic land for future generations to cherish.

The Civil War Trust

10 Lively Historic Events and Destinations to Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

10 Lively Historic Events and Destinations to Celebrate the Holidays

The Civil War Trust wishes you and yours a happy holiday season.

As December dawns, our thoughts turn naturally to how the soldiers of America’s first century weathered each winter in the field during times of war. Across our country’s earliest conflicts, hundreds of thousands of troops toiled in the cold or huddled in canvas-roofed huts while many died of disease in camp. They also relished letters from home, shared special meals, felt loneliness and longing, and even engaged in epic snowball fights.

Starting this weekend, please consider expanding your understanding of what these soldiers went through and what the season meant to them by visiting a historic site rooted in their struggles and sacrifice.

On Civilwar.org this month, we highlight a 10-site sampling of special Yuletide events that families can enjoy at the nation’s Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields. Variously, these hallowed grounds will feature music, holiday treats, lantern lightings, living history, activities for children and even some appearances by Santa Claus.

As we count our blessings, let us also deepen our appreciation for these soldiers’ devotion and how they shaped the country we call home and do our part to help ensure that their memory is never forgotten.

Join us in Upperville on Dec. 6

We will be joined by Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, NOVA Parks, the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club, and other Virginia conservation champions for a special preservation announcement at historic Goose Creek Bridge.

A Civil War Christmas, Live

People in the Civil War era celebrated Christmas with gusto, at home, in camps and at posh events for officers. Join us on the Civil War Trust Facebook page.

Fredericksburg 155 Live

Experience the 155th Battle of Fredericksburg anniversary with the Civil War Trust through a series of Facebook Live events.

Terrain In4

We cannot overestimate the impact that terrain has on a battle. The ground and its size, shape, location, and topography were critical variables. In this In4, Col. Doug Douds, USMC, Ret. explains how physical terrain shaped the strategies and outcomes of Civil War Battles.

Save 3 Virginia Battlefields

Virginia was the most fought-over state in the Civil War, and right now we are working to save three of the most important battlefields in the Commonwealth: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. Help ensure that these sacred places are not bulldozed over.

The Civil War Trust

10 Lively Historic Events and Destinations to Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

10 Lively Historic Events and Destinations to Celebrate the Holidays

The Civil War Trust wishes you and yours a happy holiday season.

As December dawns, our thoughts turn naturally to how the soldiers of America’s first century weathered each winter in the field during times of war. Across our country’s earliest conflicts, hundreds of thousands of troops toiled in the cold or huddled in canvas-roofed huts while many died of disease in camp. They also relished letters from home, shared special meals, felt loneliness and longing, and even engaged in epic snowball fights.

Starting this weekend, please consider expanding your understanding of what these soldiers went through and what the season meant to them by visiting a historic site rooted in their struggles and sacrifice.

On Civilwar.org this month, we highlight a 10-site sampling of special Yuletide events that families can enjoy at the nation’s Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields. Variously, these hallowed grounds will feature music, holiday treats, lantern lightings, living history, activities for children and even some appearances by Santa Claus.

As we count our blessings, let us also deepen our appreciation for these soldiers’ devotion and how they shaped the country we call home and do our part to help ensure that their memory is never forgotten.

Join us in Upperville on Dec. 6

We will be joined by Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, NOVA Parks, the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club, and other Virginia conservation champions for a special preservation announcement at historic Goose Creek Bridge.

A Civil War Christmas, Live

People in the Civil War era celebrated Christmas with gusto, at home, in camps and at posh events for officers. Join us on the Civil War Trust Facebook page.

Fredericksburg 155 Live

Experience the 155th Battle of Fredericksburg anniversary with the Civil War Trust through a series of Facebook Live events.

Terrain In4

We cannot overestimate the impact that terrain has on a battle. The ground and its size, shape, location, and topography were critical variables. In this In4, Col. Doug Douds, USMC, Ret. explains how physical terrain shaped the strategies and outcomes of Civil War Battles.

Save 3 Virginia Battlefields

Virginia was the most fought-over state in the Civil War, and right now we are working to save three of the most important battlefields in the Commonwealth: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. Help ensure that these sacred places are not bulldozed over.

The Civil War Trust