For Immediate Release: 10/19/10
Media Advisory: Preservation Leaders to Announce Campaign to Save Hallowed Ground on Wilderness Battlefield
(Orange County, Va.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech will join the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, to announce a national fundraising campaign to permanently protect hallowed ground on the Wilderness Battlefield.
The focus of the campaign is a 49-acre property located north of State Route 20 near historic Saunders Field. The property, surrounded by land currently protected by the National Park Service (NPS), was the scene of terrific fighting on May 5 and 6, 1864.
The news conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. near the NPS Wilderness Battlefield exhibit shelter on Route 20. There is no public parking on site; shuttle service will be provided from Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, Va., beginning at 9:00 a.m. Members of the media and the general public encouraged to arrive early to participate in a period music demonstration and other activities.
Following the news conference, NPS historians will lead a public tour of the property. Guests should dress appropriately to traverse both fields and woods. Shuttles will return attendees to the parking area at Ellwood, which will be open to the public for tours until 2:00 p.m.
WHO: Author and Historian Dr. James McPherson, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech, and other preservation leaders.
WHAT: News Conference and Public Tour.
WHEN: Wed., October 27, 2010. Shuttle service begins at 9:00 a.m., event begins at 10:00 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
WHERE: NPS Exhibit Shelter, Wilderness Battlefield. Parking is available at Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, Va.
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. CWPT has preserved more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land across the nation, including nearly 15,000 acres in Virginia. CWPT’s website is www.civilwar.org.
(For further event details, please visit us online at www.civilwar.org/wildernessevent)