For Immediate Release: 10/03/00
Unique Battlefield Preservation Event Coming to Virginia's Piedmont Region in October
(Arlington, Va.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) is pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind preservation event in Virginia's beautiful and historic Piedmont region. The event, dubbed "Preservation March 2000," is intended to be a preservation rally for historic greenspace, with Civil War reenactors raising money for endangered Civil War sites. The march is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2000.
Organizing the event is veteran reenactor and preservationist Robert Lee Hodge of Alexandria, Va. Hodge was the main figure in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz's best seller, Confederates in the Attic. According to Hodge, "This event is about grassroots empowerment. It shows what we can do to help save some of these hallowed grounds before they vanish forever."
Joining Hodge in hosting Preservation March 2000 are several noted battlefield preservation groups, including CWPT, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, the Highland Historical Society, and the Snickersville Turnpike Association. Together, these groups hope to raise more than $100,000 to rescue threatened sites at several battlefields, including Chancellorsville and McDowell, Va.
Preservation March 2000 will feature several high-quality interpretive programs, as well as presentations by several renowned historians and preservationists, including: Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and CWPT Board Member; Brian Pohanka, author and star of A&E's Civil War Journal; and Clark "Bud" Hall of the Brandy Station Foundation.
For more information, visit the Preservation March website at http://users.erols.com/enalba/preservation2000/. Tickets are $5 per person, and children aged 12 and under are free.
WHAT: Preservation March 2000
WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 2000
WHO: Battlefield preservationists Robert Lee Hodge and Bud Hall, and authors and historians Brian Pohanka and Ed Bearss.
WHERE: Off Route 50 in Upperville, Va. (signs will direct spectators to the site). The event is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.