For Immediate Release: 08/14/00
Civil War Preservation Trust Offers Tour of Historic Brandy Station Battlefield
(Arlington, Va.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), America's largest battlefield preservation organization, will hold its Fall Tour and Conference in historic Culpeper, Va. from Oct. 20-22, 2000. The 3-day event will focus on fighting in war-ravaged Culpeper County, and includes a guided tour of Brandy Station battlefield, the scene of the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent.
CWPT events are noted for featuring acclaimed Civil War historians and authors, and this year's Fall Tour is no exception. Among the speakers joining CWPT for the conference will be Dr. Daniel Beattie, author of Documenting Richmond's Battlefields; Dr. Gary Gallagher, editor of the Military Campaigns of the Civil War series; Clark "Bud" Hall of the Brandy Station Foundation (BSF); National Park Service historian Greg Mertz; J.E.B. Stuart IV, great-grandson of the Confederate cavalry chieftain; Dr. Daniel Sutherland, author of Seasons of War; and Dr. Emory Thomas, author of Bold Dragoon: A Life of J.E.B. Stuart.
Brandy Station has a special meaning for Civil War buffs, and not only for the battle fought there in June 1863. Throughout the 1990s, the battlefield was under constant threat of industrial development. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of BSF and one of CWPT's predecessor organizations, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War sites, 1,500 acres of the core area of the battlefield have been preserved.
The Fall Tour and Conference is open to the public, although prior registration is required. The cost of the event is $285 per person with proceeds earmarked for historic preservation. The registration price includes all tours and panel discussions, plus meals. To register, interested parties can call CWPT at 1-888-606-1400.
WHAT: CWPT's Fall Tour and Conference in historic Culpeper, Va.
WHEN: October 20-22, 2000.
WHO: Historians and authors Daniel Beattie, Gary Gallagher, Clark "Bud" Hall, Greg Mertz, J.E.B. Stuart IV, Daniel Sutherland, and Emory Thomas.
WHERE: Tour headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn of Culpeper, located south of town on Business Route 29.
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.