Save Three Richmond Battlefields
Not long ago, a Richmond developer was quoted in a local newspaper saying that "it's not a question of 'if'" he and others like him will soon be looking to develop the remaining unprotected battlefields around Richmond, "it's a matter of 'when'." Right now, we have a chance to save from development 69 critical acres at three battlefields in one of America's most highly threatened areas!
We are in the final stretch of the campaign. With your help, the Trust can forever secure these 69 acres at Glendale, Malvern Hill and First Deep Bottom.
From Our President
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
Greetings, my friend! As the end of the year draws near, we can look back on the numerous victories ensured by your generous support.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05), Kentucky preservation leaders and many of our members from the Bluegrass State to announce the successful preservation of 95 key acres at the Mill Springs battlefield. These properties were the scene of intense fighting during the January 1862 battle, including the first documented bayonet charge of the Civil War, launched by the 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiment.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your part in this preservation success! But now is not the time for complacency; now is that crucial moment when we must hunker down and continue the fight for the future of America's hallowed ground.
Even as we celebrate this most recent accomplishment, we continue to move forward on another exciting opportunity, to forever protect 69 acres associated with three Richmond, Va.-area battlefields: at Glendale (also known as Frayser's Farm), Malvern Hill and First Deep Bottom. All three properties are important to telling the stories of their respective battles, with the Glendale site described as "every foot of the property saw action," and the Crew House at Malvern Hill serving as military headquarters for both Union and Confederate armies.
Friends, we're close to the finish line, with only $21,000 remaining to reach our goal. But, as many of you well know, close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades. With your support, we can make the final push for these sacred sites and list them as forever protected by year's end! I want to genuinely thank each and every one of you for the steadfast dedication and generosity enabling our organization to continue protecting America's hallowed ground.
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- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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