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Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 01/24/12

Media Advisory: Government Officials, Preservation Advocates Gather to Announce Major Fundraising Campaign at Cedar Creek

(Middletown, Va.) – On Thursday, February 9, 2012, officials from the Civil War Trust, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the National Park Service and national and local historic preservation groups will gather to announce a $1.3 million fundraising campaign to preserve 77 acres of hallowed battlefield land on the Cedar Creek Battlefield in Frederick County, Va. 

The news conference will be held at historic Belle Grove Plantation, a key battlefield landmark, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine).  James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust, will serve as the emcee for the event.  He will be joined by Diann Jacox, superintendent of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park; Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources; and eminent historian and author Dr. Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.

WHAT: News conference announcing fundraising campaign to save historic land at Cedar Creek Battlefield

WHO:  Virginia Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Superintendent Diann Jacox, historian Dr. Gary Gallagher, and Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer

WHEN: February 9, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va.

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 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including nearly 533 acres at Cedar Creek.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


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