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
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
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