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Fort Sumter, animated

April 12, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. This all-day assault of the federal garrison inside the fort marked the beginning of the American Civil War. Check out our new Fort Sumter animated map and learn more about this momentous time in our history.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

March 2011
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

In March, the Civil War Trust announced that it had reached the 30,000 acres saved mark. This is a remarkable accomplishment that I am so very proud of. Saving this battlefield ground will help current and future generations to learn more about the great sacrifices of the Civil War. Of course we would not have saved even a fraction of this land if it wasn't for your support. I hope you too will take great pride in this accomplishment and that you'll remain steadfast in your support as we look to save even more of this irreplaceable American history.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


The End of Innocence: The Battle of First Manassas

An End to Innocence Read the cover story from our latest issue of Hallowed Ground magazine. Learn more about the first great battle of the American Civil War. From McDowell's flank march to Jackson's decisive riposte.

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30,000 Acres Saved!

30,000 Acres March has been a landmark month for us. Listen to Jim Lighthizer discuss the importance of reaching the 30,000 acres saved mark and our plans for the near future.

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Park Day 2011: April 2nd

Park Day Civil War battlefields and historic sites throughout the country need your help. Take part in our annual Park Day event on April 2nd and help preserve our Civil War history.

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Introducing The Civil War Curriculum

The Civil War Curriculum Check out our new Civil War Curriculum -- a 10-day curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school. The Civil War Curriculum is the ultimate instructional tool for teaching the American Civil War.

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Death on the Baltimore Pike: Burials on the Spangler Farm

Spangler Farm The Civil War Trust has announced that it's working to save two historic properties along the Baltimore Pike. Learn about the history of these tracts in this new history article.

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Photos from our Savannah Trip

Savannah Photos See photos from our recently completed Color Bearer tours of Civil War Savannah, Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski, and Fort McAllister.

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The Centennial Reenactment of First Manassas

Centennial Reenactment 50 years ago, the centennial of First Manassas was celebrated on a sweltering day on Henry House Hill. Learn how this battle was commemorated at the Centennial reenactment.

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March Civil War Battles

March 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 March. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

Pea Ridge »
Kernstown »
Hampton Roads »
Glorieta Pass »
Bentonville »
Fort Stedman »
White Oak Road »


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April 2, 2011
Park Day
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May 19-22, 2011
2011 Annual Conference
Manassas, Virginia
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