For Immediate Release: 08/22/03
News Conference to Announce Preservation Victory at Manassas
(Manassas, Va.) - On Thursday, August 28, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host a news conference to celebrate the preservation of the historic Davis Tract, a key part of the 1862 Second Battle of Manassas. August 28th marks the 141st anniversary of the beginning of the three-day battle.
The news conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the new atrium of the Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP) Visitors Center. Joining CWPT at the news conference will be MNBP Superintendent Robert Sutton and local preservation activists. The highlight of the ceremony will be the installation of a plaque commemorating those who contributed to CWPT's Davis Tract fundraising campaign.
The Davis Tract acquisition is a perfect example of what preservationists and community leaders can accomplish when they work together. The $600,000 deal to purchase the 136-acre property involved a partnership between CWPT, the National Park Service, the Sudley Mountain and Stony Ridge Civic Association, the Conservation Fund, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
WHAT: News Conference to celebrate preservation of Davis Tract at Manassas Battlefield.
WHEN: Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 9:30 a.m.
WHO: CWPT President James Lighthizer, MNBP Superintendent Robert Sutton, and local preservation groups.
WHERE: Atrium of the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitors Center, 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas.
CWPT is a 45,000-member 501(c)(3) nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.