Saturday, August 31, 2013

Preservation News August 2013

Preservation News - August 2013

Save Chickamauga

It was the second bloodiest battle of the war, but until now, the Civil War Trust hasn't had the opportunity to protect any land at Chickamauga. Today, we can change that – and protect not just any acreage, but the site where the battle began! These 109 acres at Reed's Bridge will dramatically improve battlefield interpretation.

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
August 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
Although it may be tempting to slow down and take it easy during the heat and humidity of August, here at the Civil War Trust, we've been keeping remarkably busy – closing on one of our largest ever transactions AND launching a new effort to save our very first land at the war's second bloodiest battlefield.
In late 1998, I visited the staff of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on behalf of the Civil War Trust board of trustees. During that meeting, we identified the area of Reed's Bridge, where the first action occurred along Chickamauga Creek, as a top preservation priority.

It may have taken 15 years, but today you and I finally have the chance to make that vision a reality! Not only can we save these 109 acres—potentially the Trusts' very first victory at Chickamauga—but, thanks to a combination of government matching grants and the generosity of major donors, like the Georgia Battlefields Foundation and the Lyndhurst and Williams Family Foundations, we're already 90 percent of the way to our goal! That means that we can multiply every dollar you contribute toward this project by a factor of 10 – even as we commemorate the battle's 150th anniversary in just a few weeks. Help Save Reed's Bridge at Chickamauga! »
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Victory at Fleetwood Hill!

Victory at Fleetwood Hill! Thanks to our generous members, the support of the preservation community – and a $700,000 matching grant recently announced by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Trust has officially declared victory in our effort to secure the crest of Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station!

$2.2 Million in Virginia Grants Announced

Virginia Grants Brandy Station was hardly the only battlefield to benefit from the preservation matching grants announced by the Commonwealth on August 15. Funding was awarded to 13 different projects totaling 1,265 acres of battlefield land.

Failure in the Saddle: Fight at Reed's Bridge

Reed's Bridge Read historian David A. Powell's account of the cavalry action that started the Battle of Chickamauga – on the very land the Trust has the chance to save.

Growing a National Park

Growing a National Park In 1996, the NPS owned only a single acre of land at Glendale, the penultimate of the Seven Days' Battles for Richmond in the summer of 1862. Now, thanks to an influx of land preserved by the Trust, the park is up to 394 acres.

2013 Teacher Institute

2013 Teacher Institute Ever wonder what goes on at one of the Trust's acclaimed Teacher Institutes? Go behind the scenes with video from our 2013 National Teacher Institute in Gettysburg.

Hallowed Ground Wins National Honors

Hallowed Ground For the fifth-straight year, the Trust's membership magazine has won top honors in the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence! The magazine's recent redesign was also featured on the website of the international Society of Publication Designers.

Animated Maps & Battlefield 360

New Hubs Love the Trust's dynamic animated maps and interactive 360-degree panoramas of stunning battlefield vistas? You're not alone; they're some of our most popular online resources. And new hub pages help unite them in one location.

August Civil War Battles

August battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of August. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

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