Monday, June 22, 2015

Halfway to our Goal at Champion Hill

Halfway to our Goal at Champion Hill

$90,000 to go to save 66 acres at this pivotal battlefield!

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
June 2015
Dear Fellow Dedicated Preservationist,
I wrote to you last month about the 66 historic acres on Champion Hill that needs to be preserved. I am pleased to send you an update today that we have raised half ($90,000) of the $180,000 needed to save this land!
The May 16, 1863 Battle of Champion Hill was the largest, bloodiest and most significant action of Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. Located in the absolute heart of the battlefield, these 66 historic acres deserve our protection.
The purchase price is $640,000, and we are currently applying for a federal matching grant for $260,000. Thanks to the generosity of a fellow Civil War Trust member who wishes to remain anonymous, we have received a generous commitment of $200,000 for the preservation of Champion Hill. This brought our goal to $180,000. Now, we need just $90,000 more to make sure this land will never fall victim to development!
Together, you and I have already saved 406 acres at Champion Hill. Permanently preserving another 66 acres will enhance this battlefield as a memorial to the brave soldiers who gave their lives on that land 152 years ago. Let us honor those 5,400 soldiers who were killed, wounded or captured that day and save these crucial 66 historic acres at Champion Hill!

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

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