Saturday, April 7, 2012

Let's Save 491 Acres at Shiloh

Civil War Trust

Civil War Trust
Campaign 150

Save the Shiloh Battlefield

New Opportunity to Save 491 Acres for the 150th Anniversary
"We were right on top of you. It was like shooting into a flock of sheep. I never saw such cruel work during the war." - Maj. Whitfield, 9th Mississippi
With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh before us, you and I have an once-in-a-lifetime chance to save 491 acres of battlefield at Shiloh. This rugged swath of land is one of the last and largest areas of major combat action that remains to be saved at this historically important battlefield.
Save Shiloh
Secession at Shiloh
Battle Maps
This land saw crucial fighting in the opening hours of the Battle of Shiloh, on April 6, 1862, as Confederates from Mississippi and Tennessee, attempting to flank the end of the Union left, slammed into troops of the 54th Ohio and 55th Illinois regiments, who stubbornly held the high ground.
If that sounds a little familiar, Shiloh chief park ranger Stacy Allen says that the Union defense of the high ground on this 491-acre parcel was the "Little Round Top" of the west.
The purchase price to save this wonderful, absolutely crucial piece of our country's history? $1.25 million. Fortunately, a government grant of $1 million is available to put into the transaction, leaving us — the 53,000 members of the Civil War Trust — to raise the final $250,000. Again, that turns every $1 you donate for this effort today into $5.00 — a 500 percent return on your preservation dollar! If you can find ANY investment that will give you an instantaneous 500 percent return, well, I'm no investment advisor, but I'd suggest you take it!
Very sincerely yours,
Jim Lighthizer
Jim Lighthizer
Civil War Trust
Shiloh DVD
If you make a donation of $50 or more, it will be my pleasure to send you a special pre-release copy of the new Shiloh documentary DVD that is being produced by Wide Awake Films, utilizing new footage they are shooting at the 150th re-enactments at Shiloh. This DVD should be ready by early July. The wait will be well worth it!
Civil War Trust: Saving America's Civil War Battlefields
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