Saturday, September 27, 2014

From the Trenches: Civil War Trust July 2014

Civil War Trust

Opportunity at North Anna

Beat the developers, and stop the desecration of America's hallowed ground. Help save 665 acres at North Anna's Jericho Mill—the entire first day battlefield—in one fell swoop!

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
July 2014
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
The summer of 1864 was a time of crisis for both North and South, as the outcome of the war hung in the balance. From the great clashes of Grant and Lee in Virginia to Sherman's push through Georgia, the hottest months of 1864 are among the most important in American history.
That is what makes the opportunity now before us—to save an entire battlefield—so unique, and so significant. In all the years I have worked to save our hallowed ground, acre by acre, piece by piece, I have never had the chance to save literally an entire battlefield, especially one as important as North Anna, all at once.

On May 23, 1864, these 665 acres at North Anna saw fierce, brutal fighting see-saw back and forth across the once-peaceful fields of the Fontaine Farm, with 1,100 men on both sides falling as casualties that day. As evening fell, the Confederates were unable to dislodge the Union troops from their now-entrenched beachhead, meaning the continuation of Grant's Campaign. These hallowed acres can now be preserved for all time—a prospect that amazes me every time I reflect anew on our great fortune.

These 665 acres, one of the largest blocks of land the Civil War Trust has ever attempted to purchase, represent an opportunity 150 years in the making. And with an incredible $10 to $1 match per dollar, there is no way we will not save this land from development and honor those who fell there during the pivotal summer of 1864. Save 665 Acres at North Anna! »
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Gettysburg Preservation Announcement

Gettysburg On July 1, join Commonwealth of Pennsylvania officials, representatives of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior and national conservation leaders for a major Civil War Trust preservation announcement on the opening day of the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Welcome to the War Department™

War Department Featuring commentary and analysis from top historians, plus innovative animation techniques, this new online video series is the latest breakthrough in digital historical interpretation.

Overland Campaign Resources

Gettysburg Review the action of the Overland Campaign with our newest animated map, produced in partnership with award-winning Wide Awake Films. Then follow the armies along their 75-mile path through period photos and sketches with our new Overland Campaign microsite.

Civil War Trust 'Field Trip Fund' Sponsors Student Trips to Battlefields

Field Trip Fund To help make student battlefield trips possible in an era of ever-shrinking budgets, the Civil War Trust created its Field Trip Fund, which assists teachers in planning and paying for field trips to historic sites.

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.

July Civil War Battles

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

Dispatches from the Front Lines

Civil War preservation news from around the country
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Your Preservation Legacy

Estate planning can help you make a significant preservation impact without any cost to you during your lifetime.

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2014 Calendar

Don't forget—for just $12.95, you can purchase the 2014 Civil War Trust Calendar featuring a different Civil War fact for each day of the year and beautiful battlefield photos taken by members in our annual photo contest.

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