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From the Trenches: Civil War Trust August 2014

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Preservation News - August 2014

Robert E. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

Beat the developers and reclaim some of America's most hallowed ground. Help save Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg—one of the most significant unprotected historic sites in America.

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
August 2014
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
On the first day of the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War Trust announced one of the most momentous preservation opportunities in the history of the organization—a $5.5 million national fundraising campaign to acquire the period home where Gen. Robert E. Lee made his headquarters during the battle. The 4.14-acre property on Seminary Ridge that the Trust hopes to purchase also represents the bloodiest unprotected portion of the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Operated as a museum since 1921, Lee's Headquarters was passed over for inclusion in Gettysburg National Military Park. Today, a small hotel operates on the site, and when the owners decided to cease operations, they chose to work with the Trust to preserve it. If we did not move quickly, current zoning would permit a new owner to pursue a host of intense development options that would loom over the battlefield.

Making this historic announcement, and declaring that we will ensure that the land will one day be the property of the American people, was a highlight of my preservation career. If we are able to raise the necessary funds—$1.1 million—we will work toward restoring this hallowed ground to its wartime appearance. Imagine the incredible transformation from commercial real estate to battlefield park! With your support, we can make it a reality.

Save Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg »
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Secretary of the Interior Accepts Transfer of 285 Acres at Gaines' Mill

Gaines' Mill On July 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell attended a ceremony on Virginia's Gaines' Mill Battlefield to accept the transfer of 285 acres from the Civil War Trust into Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Congress Allocates $8.9 Million for Battlefield Preservation in Interior Appropriations Bill

Appropriations The Civil War Trust applauds the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for including $8.9 million for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Explore Our Award-Winning Magazine

Hallowed Ground Praise continues to pour in for Hallowed Ground, the Trust's quarterly membership magazine—a sixth-straight Grand Award in the Apex Awards for Publication Excellence! Read the latest features and browse back issues on our new hub page.

National Teacher Institute Draws Rave Reviews

Teacher Institute More than 130 educators gathered in Atlanta, Ga., July 117-20 for the Trust's 2014 National Teacher Institute to share their passion for bringing the past alive in the classroom. The techniques and methods imparted over the weekend will reach 15,000 students next school year!

Save Hallowed Ground While Shopping

Amazon Smile Support the Civil War Trust every time you shop online with AmazonSmile. Visit, enter the Civil War Trust and start shopping. Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Civil War Trust.

August Civil War Battles

August Battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the 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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