Wednesday, February 4, 2015

From the Trenches: Civil War Trust January 2015

Building on Success at Franklin

The Sesquicentennial's Final Year – See How Far We've Come!

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
January 2015
Dear Fellow Dedicated Preservationist,
The calendar has turned to 2015, placing us in the final months of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. There have been thousands of special events staged, hundreds of books written and countless memories made. But, perhaps most importantly, significant progress has been made in advancing the cause of battlefield preservation. After all, in a few months, the anniversary will be over, but the land will endure for generations to come.
Nowhere is this transformation more evident than in Franklin, Tenn., where, on November 30, 1864, one of the fiercest fights of the entire Civil War occurred. A decade ago, Franklin was a cautionary tale for other historic communities, showcasing the hazards of forgetting the rich resources in their custody. Since then, the preservation community has worked tirelessly to reclaim this once-lost battlefield, removing a number of modern structures to restore the historical integrity of the land.
Today, we have the opportunity to add a key piece of ground to this already remarkable success by preserving nearly three acres at the heart of the battlefield. Not only is this some of the most blood-soaked ground at Franklin, but it is surrounded on three sides by property that was the scene of our earlier hard-fought preservation campaigns. In helping local preservationists purchase this property, we are making another leap forward in the most ambitious battlefield reclamation project in American history.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Resolved: Inspire Next Generation of Historians

Field Trip Fund Your gift to the Trust's Field Trip Fund will help underwrite this spring's surge of inspirational on-site activities for students.

Hallowed Ground Magazine

Hallowed Ground Feature-length articles in the Winter 2014 edition highlight the pivotal battles of Franklin and Nashville, as well as the politics of burial and reburial in a reconciling nation.

War Department: Andersonville

Andersonville The latest War Department® web series installment explores the harsh realities of life for prisoners of war at Andersonville – and similar facilities operated by both sides.

2015 Annual Conference: Road to Appomattox

Annual Conference The 2015 Civil War Trust Annual Conference is filling quickly! Register now for the best selection of available tours. Student and teacher scholarship applications are due February 27, 2015.

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.

January Civil War Battles

January Civil War Battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the Civil War battles that occurred in the month of January. 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

Guide to Legacy Giving
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Join us as we continue to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War! Visit for sesquicentennial events, news and features.
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March 20-22, 2015
2015 Color Bearer Weekend
Raleigh, NC
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June 3-7, 2015
2015 Annual Conference
Richmond, VA
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September 25-27, 2015
2015 Grand Review
Charleston, SC
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