For Immediate Release: 11/09/12
Media Advisory: Virginia Officials Join Civil War Trust, National Park Service for Major Historic Preservation Announcement
(Mechanicsville, Va.) – On Monday, November 19, 2012, officials from the Civil War Trust, National Park Service and the Commonwealth of Virginia will gather on the Gaines’ Mill Battlefield for a significant announcement related to a recent public-private initiative to preserve key battlefield land associated with the Seven Days’ Battles of the summer of 1862.
The news conference will be held at the historic Watt House at the Gaines’ Mill unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Joining Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer at the news conference will be Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Delegate Chris Peace and Richmond National Battlefield Superintendent Dave Ruth, as well as other state and local officials and preservation advocates.
Following the news conference, National Park Service historians will lead a tour the newly preserved property. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for an outdoor walking tour.
WHAT: News conference celebrating completion of a major historic preservation initiative at Gaines’ Mill
WHO: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Virginia Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Delegate Chris Peace, Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer and Richmond National Battlefield Superintendent Dave Ruth, as well as other officials and preservation advocates
WHEN: November 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Watt House at Richmond National Battlefield Park, 6283 Watt House Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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 34,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.