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Save Cross Keys and Tom's Brook

Earlier this month, the Civil War Trust announced a new campaign to save 244 acres of the Cross Keys and Tom's Brook battlefields in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Together we can save the very ground where 5,000 Confederate soldiers held off 10,500 Union troops under General John C. Fremont in June of 1862. And at Tom's Brook we can save land where West Point friends and battlefield rivals Tom Rosser and George Custer fought.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

March 2012
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

The Cross Keys Battlefield has always had a special place in my heart. The 51-acre "Widow Pence Farm" tract was the very first battlefield property that the Trust purchased after I became president. Now, twelve years later, we have another excellent opportunity to preserve even more at Cross Keys. Coupled with our new efforts at Tom's Brook I hope that, like me, you will be motivated to take full advantage of the chance to buy 244 acres for just 1.8 cents per square foot.

Earlier this month, we concluded a great event in the Shepherdstown and Antietam region. It was great seeing so many of our Color Bearers at the 2012 Weekend event. And as I look at my calendar, I can see that our 2012 Park Day and Annual Conference in Richmond are coming soon. Both are great opportunities to support our mission and to learn more about our history. Join us!

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Momentous Results at Cross Keys

Momentous Results Historian Robert K. Krick provides a detailed account of the June 8, 1862, Battle of Cross Keys, a key action during Stonewall Jackson's famous Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

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Antietam Maps: Updated, Expanded

Antietam Maps Check out our new and expanded set of Antietam battle maps – in time for the upcoming 150th anniversary of this bloodiest day in the Civil War. Free registration allows you to download the maps as PDFs.

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Videos: Cross Keys & Port Republic

Video: Cross Keys Robert K. Krick, the reigning authority on the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, shares his account of the fighting at these important 1862 Valley Campaign battlefields.

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10 Facts about Tom's Brook

10 Facts about Tom's Brook Learn more about the significance of Tom's Brook – the most decisive Union cavalry victory in the Eastern Theatre – where we now have the chance to save 161 acres.

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Park Day is March 31st

Park Day Here's your chance to give back to Civil War sites across the country. 2012 Park Day will be held on Saturday, March 31. Look for participating sites near you.

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Annual Conference Registration

Annual Conference Join Civil War Trust members and staff, along with some of the nation's elite historians for four days of camaraderie and Civil War touring at some of America's great Civil War battlefields in Richmond, Virginia.

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Photos: Color Bearer Weekend

CB Weekend Photos See photos from our recently completed Color Bearer Weekend at Antietam and Shepherdstown. Lots of photos of our Color Bearers and staff in action.

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New Gettysburg Page

Gettysburg Hub 2 Check out our new and expanded Battle of Gettysburg page, with maps, history articles, photos, facts, travel information and more.

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Chancellorsville App for Android

Chancellorsville Android Our Chancellorsville Battle App is now available for us on the Android smartphone platform. Download the free App today and get ready for an in-depth tour of this remarkable 1863 battlefield.

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New Bull Run Page

Bull Run Hub 2 We've expanded and improved our popular First Manassas/Bull Run battlefield page. Check out all the maps, history articles, videos, photos, facts, and travel resources on the Bull Run page.

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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 this month. 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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March 31, 2012
Park Day
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