As America commemorates the 150th anniversary of major and minor events, skirmishes and battles of the Civil War, the Civil War Trust continues to preserve the nation’s most significant hallowed ground.
As the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States, the Civil War Trust’s nearly 200,000 members and supporters, coupled with strategic partnerships with government officials and nonprofit groups, protected more than 2,700 acres of battlefield land during 2013. The total acreage saved by the organization has risen to 28,500 acres at 122 historic sites in 20 states.
“Without a doubt, 2013 will long be remembered as one of the most exciting years in the history of battlefield preservation,” said James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. “It is a proud legacy of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration that will be enjoyed for many generations to come.”
Preservation at Franklin, Brandy Station, Chickamauga
During the past year, the organization completed 47 transactions at 30 individual battlefields in 10 states. Two of the properties had been on the preservation radar for decades.
Last February, the preservation of the Dominos strip center in Franklin, Tennessee, was completed. This project was the centerpiece of a three-year campaign that included multiple parcels at a cost of more than $3.2 million. During August, a $3.6 million national fundraising campaign preserved 56 acres at the top of Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield in Virginia. Another successful preservation effort was the acquisition of 109 acres at Reed’s Bridge, the site of the opening clash of the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee.
In addition to land acquisition success, the Civil War Trust continues to promote greater appreciation and understanding of the Civil War through educational programs and digital programs. During 2013, the group’s flagship website received more than 4.5 million unique visits and the popularity of its Facebook page increased by 30 percent.