Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 03/01/07

National Battlefield Preservation Group Hosts Annual Conference in Portsmouth, VA

Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists will travel "To the Gates or Richmond"

(Portsmouth, Va.) - Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists from around the country will converge on Portsmouth in April as part of the Civil War Preservation Trust's (CWPT) annual conference. The 4-day event will be held at the beautiful Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center from April 19 through 22, 2007.

The purpose of the conference is to give CWPT members an opportunity to celebrate the organization's successes while learning about Virginia's rich Civil War heritage. The conference is made possible in part by a generous contribution from The History Channel.

Participants in the conference will be treated to tours and presentations by some of the most accomplished Civil War historians and authors in the nation. The distinguished roster of speakers includes: Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, and authors Robert E. Lee Krick, Richard Sommers, Craig Symonds and Brian Steel Wills.

The theme of this year's conference is "To the Gates or Richmond," which refers to Union efforts to take the Confederate capital from the southeast during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. It was during the fighting known as the Seven Days battles that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was promoted to command of the Army of Northern Virginia.

In addition, the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will meet on the first day of the conference, on April 19. The purpose of the Commission is to prepare for and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Virginia's participation in the Civil War.

The high point of the conference will be a banquet and awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. Other memorable events include two days worth of tours of the areas numerous battlefields and historic sites led by the leading experts in the field.

WHAT: Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Conference and Banquet

WHEN: April 19 - 22, 2007

WHERE: Headquarters at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth.

With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the U.S. Its mission is to preserve our country's remaining Civil War battlefields. Since 1987, CWPT has saved more than 23,500 acres of hallowed ground nationwide. CWPT's website is located at


  • Jim Campi or Mary Koik (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861


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