Hallowed Ground Still Threatened at Brandy Station
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From Our President
Dear Fellow Dedicated Preservationist,
I'm afraid I have some bad news to share with you. For the first time in a very long time, the Civil War Trust has not raised enough money on a battlefield appeal to cover our commitment. In January, I sent out an appeal telling you about an opportunity to save 33 additional acres of the historic Fleetwood Hill portion of the Brandy Station battlefield.
I wrote about how important it is to save this hallowed ground to protect the integrity of the hundreds of acres you and I have already saved at Fleetwood Hill. And I told you that the Civil War Trust needed to raise $272,000 - a $2.04-to-$1 match of your generosity - to save this important land. Now, as I sit here at my desk today, I cannot tell for certain if a large number of Civil War Trust members even got my letter.
All I can tell you is that today, we have only raised about $122,000 of the $272,000 we need! Thats only 45%. In my 15-year history as president of the Civil War Trust, this has only happened in a handful of cases, and never before to this extent.
You know that I believe we have a duty to the men who fought and died on this ground to save it, just as you and I have a responsibility to save it for future generations. We have the chance to save hallowed ground, and to double the power of your donation. I pray you agree with me that it would be an irretrievable loss to America if any part of Fleetwood Hill was ever to be bulldozed flat or covered with houses.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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