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Saving 104 Acres at Gettysburg

The Civil War Trust just announced a new opportunity to save 104 historic acres on the Gettysburg Battlefield. This effort embraces the 95-acre “Country Club Tract,” which includes hallowed ground that witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War. Learn more about this new campaign and the remarkable history associated with these tracts.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

January 2011
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

February is turning into one remarkable month for all of us. The month started off with the tremendous news from Walmart that they had decided to forgo developing the Wilderness site that so concerned us all. I’m still not exactly sure why Walmart suddenly came around to our way of seeing things. All I can say is that sometimes, good things happen to good people, and you and I fought the good fight every step of the way, so we deserve this bit of good news.

And with the month now coming to a close I am proud to announce a national campaign to save 104 battlefield acres at Gettysburg. This new preservation campaign will help us to secure the long sought after Gettysburg Country Club property and the beautiful and historic Josiah Benner House property. I do hope that you will check out our Save Gettysburg page online. There you will learn about these tracts, the remarkable history associated with these places, and how you can help us add this land to the saved column.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


“No Man Can Take Those Colors and Live”

No Man Can Take Those Colors and Live Read our new history article on the epic fighting involving the 26th North Carolina and 24th Michigan at Gettysburg. Learn more about why it’s important that we preserve the ground that they marched and fought over.

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Flags of the First Day: An Online Exhibit

Flags of the First Day View our new online exhibit of flags, photos, and artifacts from the fighting in and around the Herbst Woods at Gettysburg. Flags from the Museum of the Confederacy, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana are included.

See the Flags »


New Book: The Battle of South Mountain

The Battle of South Mauntain Read our new interview with historian and author John Hoptak. Learn more about John’s new book, the Battle of South Mountain, and the state of the battlefield today.

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The First Day at Gettysburg: Then & Now

Gettysburg Then and Now Learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg’s first day: July 1, 1863, as Historian Tim Smith dispels myths and highlights these often overlooked actions.

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Gettysburg Casino: A Civics Lesson

Gettysburg Casino Op-Ed Read this Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed piece written by Tom Kiernan and our own Jim Lighthizer. Learn more about why Walmart’s recent actions in the Wilderness should be emulated by the Gettysburg Casino crowd.

Read the Article »


A View Restored: Power’s Hill at Gettysburg

Power's Hill Check out these new photos showing the impact of recent efforts to re-establish the 1863 viewshed at Spangler’s Spring. The view from and to our recently preserved tract on Power’s Hill has returned.

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New Quiz: First Day at Gettysburg

First Day at Gettysburg Quiz How much do you know about the first day’s fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg? Take our online quiz and test your knowledge.

Take the Quiz »


February Civil War Battles

February battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of February. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

Fort Donelson »
Olustee »
Hatcher’s Run »


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