Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 04/27/10

Media Advisory: Best-Selling Novelist Jeff Shaara to Speak at Endangered Battlefields News Conference

(Washington, D.C.) – Award-winning historical novelist Jeff Shaara, whose stories have climbed the New York Times Bestseller List nine times, will be the keynote speaker at a news conference detailing the plight of endangered Civil War battlefields on Thursday, May 13, 2010. 

Best known for Civil War novels Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure that complete the trilogy begun with his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels, Shaara is the nation’s preeminent writer of military history novels.  His other works explore the American Revolution, Mexican War and both World Wars.  In 2007, Shaara published a non-fiction account of his personal experiences walking the ground at some of his favorite historic sites.  A firm believer in historic landscape protection and a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) Board of Trustees, he donated the entire publication advance from Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields toward preservation efforts. 

Shaara will be joining CWPT President James Lighthizer at a news conference for the release of History Under Siege™, the organization’s annual report on the nation’s most endangered Civil War battlefields and what is being done to rescue them.

The news conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club.  Copies of the report will be available at the event.  Refreshments will be served.

WHO: Best-selling novelist and CWPT Trustee Jeff Shaara and CWPT President James Lighthizer

WHAT: News Conference unveiling 2010 annual report on nation’s most endangered Civil War battlefields

WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s remaining Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  The CWPT website is located at


  • Mary Koik, 202-367-1861 ext. 7231
  • Beth Newburger, 571-436-0887


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