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Save Gettysburg

"The best three hours of fighting ever done..." This is how Lt. Gen. James Longstreet described his First Corps' attack on July 2, 1863. CWPT has just announced a new campaign to save 2 historic acres of the Gettysburg battlefield - land associated with the beginning of this "Second Day" attack. To learn more about this historic opportunity please visit our Save Gettysburg page.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

January 2010
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

2009 was a record setting year for us at the Civil War Preservation Trust - yes a record year. Despite all of the economic pains and pressures the Civil War Preservation Trust rescued 2,777 acres of endangered Civil War battlefield land over the past year. Of course none of this could have been done without your direct help. And for that we are always most grateful.

Of course our work is far from done. Many of our Civil War battlefields, even some that we might think to be safe, remain under pressure. As such, 2010 will not be a year of rest and backward looking celebration for us. Already we have announced our first important preservation campaign of 2010 - a critical 2-acre section of the Gettysburg battlefield, land associated with the start of James Longstreet's July 2, 1863 attacks. Starting with Gettysburg, my hope is that we can build on the successes of 2009 with an even better 2010.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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Gettysburg Battlefield: Then & Now

Gettysburg, Then & Now

Read our new interview with Gettysburg "Day Two" experts Garry Adelman and Tim Smith. Learn more about the Longstreet's July 2 attack and how the battlefield has changed since 1863.

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CWPT Annual Conference 2010 - Join Us!

Annual Conference 2010

CWPT's Annual Conference for 2010 will be in Lexington, Kentucky from June 3 through the 6th. Expert-led tours of Perryville, Mill Springs, and Richmond are just some of the highlights.

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New Battle of Fort Stedman Page

Fort Stedman

Desperate to break the Union stranglehold at Petersburg, Robert E. Lee would direct Maj. Gen. John Gordon to make a pre-dawn assault on the Union position at Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865.

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New CWPT Chickamauga Maps Online

Chickamauga Maps

Check out our new collection of CWPT battle maps on the great Battle of Chickamauga. Our four new battle maps break down the action on September 19 and 20, 1863.

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Civil War Photography Lesson Plan

Photography Lesson Plan

Know any teachers who are looking for a great way to teach our Civil War history? Our new lesson plan teaches students about the important role that photography played in the Civil War.

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