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
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
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