For Immediate Release: 08/03/12
Civil War Trust, Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Announce National Campaign to Save Hallowed Battleground
National fundraising campaign to save land at Cedar Mountain coincides with 150th anniversary events, including tours, lectures and the premiere of “Marching Through Culpeper” stage production
(Culpeper, Va.) – To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, the Civil War Trust is partnering with Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield on a national fundraising campaign to preserve 6 acres of hallowed ground on the storied battlefield.
“Our longtime partners with Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield have planned a tremendous program of events to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest day in Culpeper history,” said Trust president James Ligththizer. “And the opportunity to protect additional land associated with that struggle will give this anniversary period an even deeper meaning.”
Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield president Diane Logan agreed, adding, “The property that will be preserved with this new effort is at the very heart of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Its protection will materially enhance our ability to understand and interpret the engagement for visitors — today and for many years to come.”
The Civil War Trust has committed to protecting remaining portions of historically significant battlefields, like Cedar Mountain, as a permanent and meaningful legacy of Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. Campaign 150: Our Time, Our Legacy, one of the Trust’s most ambitious projects to date, kicked off last year, seeking to raise enough funds by 2015 to protect an additional 20,000 acres of hallowed ground. The Trust has previously worked with Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield to preserve 154 acres at this site.
The purchase price of the property, which is contiguous to the Trust’s other Cedar Mountain holdings, is $120,000. Toward this total, the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield have pledged the first $10,000 contribution. While the Trust has applied matching funds from the Virginia Civil War Sites Preservation Fund and the Commonwealth’s transportation enhancement grant program, it anticipates needing to raise an additional $24,000 in private donations to complete this acquisition. More information about the fundraising campaign is available at www.civilwar.org/cedarmountain12.
The Battle of Cedar Mountain occurred on August 9, 1862, when Maj. Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia marched south into Culpeper County and confronted Confederate forces led by Maj. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Brooks at Cedar Mountain. During the fighting, which was particularly intense in the area known as Crittenden’s Gate — including the new target property — Union casualties reached 30 percent. It was here too that Stonewall Jackson personally rallied his faltering command and led them to final victory.
To further mark Cedar Mountain’s 150th anniversary, Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield have planned a series of special events from August 3–12, 2012. Highlights include the world premiere of “Marching Through Culpeper,” a stage adaptation of Virginia Morton’s novel of love and divided loyalties amid the swirling chaos of war, as well a variety of tours covering both the battlefield and historic downtown Culpeper. On Thursday, August, 9, noted historians, including Todd Berkoff, Clark B. “Bud” Hall, Greg Mertz, Nicholas Picerno and Jeffry Wert will participate in the “Battle of Cedar Mountain Symposium” at Germanna Community College. For more information on these and other special anniversary programs, visit www.friendsofcedarmountain.org.
In addition to the Cedar Mountain property, the Trust is currently engaged in active fundraising efforts to save significant battlefield properties at Bentonville, N.C., Chancellorsville, Va., Fredericksburg, Va., Gaines’ Mill, Va., Mill Springs , Ky., and Perryville, Ky., as well as an ambitions sesquicentennial preservation effort of broader scope. To learn more about Campaign 150 and other active efforts, please visit www.civilwar.org/campaign150.
About Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield
Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to working cooperatively with landowners and local citizens to protect, restore, maintain, manage, interpret, and promote the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. In addition to working with the Civil War Trust on land acquisition efforts, FCMB has planted more than 2,000 trees to recreate historic forest property, restored a portion of the old Orange-Culpeper Road and installed period-appropriate fencing, placed signage to help identify the battlefield and pursued programs for wildlife habitat management and enhancement.
About the Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust 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. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the sesquicentennial.