Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 10/26/11

Media Advisory: Civil War Trust, State Officials Gather to Discuss Importance of State Funding for Historic Preservation

(Locust Grove, Va.) – On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, officials from the Civil War Trust, the National Park Service, the Commonwealth of Virginia and local preservation groups will gather to discuss the important role that state funding through the Transportation Enhancement grant program has taken in the preservation of historic sites.

During the event, the Civil War Trust will showcase several battlefield preservation efforts made possible through the use of Virginia Transportation Enhancement Grants, including the purchase of Grant's Headquarters on the Wilderness Battlefield.  Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton has been a stalwart advocate for the program’s use to fund this type of historic acquisition. 

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at historic Ellwood, a prominent landmark on the Wilderness Battlefield.  Following the news conference, volunteers from Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield will be available to provide tours of Ellwood and discuss restoration of the structure.  Park Service interpreters will discuss the historic significance of the newly acquired site.

WHAT: News conference to highlight the use of Transportation Enhancement grants for historic preservation

WHO:  Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia Sec. of Transportation; James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust president; Russ Smith, Superintendent, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP; Zann Nelson, president of Friends of Wilderness Battlefield; other guests

WHEN: November 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET

WHERE: Ellwood Manor, Wilderness Battlefield, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, Va. 22508. 

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 x7231

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