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Historic Sites Need Your Help!

As spring arrives across the country, our battlefields and historic sites are gearing up for the influx of visitors that warmer weather always brings. For the 17th year, the Civil War Trust is proud to sponsor Park Day, a national clean-up effort. On April 6, volunteers are needed at more than 100 sites in 24 states to assist with projects ranging from landscaping to monument maintenance. Find a site near you and lend a hand to help our historic places shine.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

March 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Civil War Trust members believe passionately in our mission of protecting and safeguarding the places where American history unfolded for future generations, a fact they demonstrate through their remarkable and consistent generosity. But many often ask me what else they can do to help protect this hallowed ground. And this month, I have the perfect opportunity to offer these eager folks: Park Day.

For many historic sites, this is the largest labor force they'll see all year, and the droves of volunteers enable significant and ambitious maintenance and capital improvement projects. Bring your friends, neighbors and kids to this family friendly project — you may introduce someone to a lifetime love of history. Because projects, start times and other specifics vary from site to site, please check our Park Day website or contact your destination directly to confirm individual details.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Save 37 More Acres at Chancellorsville

Save 37 More Acre As we approach the 150th anniversary of this iconic battle, the Trust has the opportunity to preserve two additional properties associated with "Stonewall" Jackson's famed flank attack.


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Appomattox Battle App™ Guide

Appomattox Battle App Have you downloaded our latest free Battle App™ guide? Our new GPS-enabled Appomattox Battle App™ guide takes you in depth to the sites where the final act of the drama between Lee and Grant unfolded.


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Spring 2013: Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground Our new Spring 2013 issue of Hallowed Ground is here. Check out two of our new feature stories from this issue: The Killing Game: May 1 and Audacious and Dangerous: Jackson's Flank Attack.

The Killing Game »

Audacious and Dangerous »


Preserving Chancellorsville

Preserving Chancellorsville A decade ago this month, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors made a landmark decision that paved the way for the protection of the First Day at Chancellorsville site.

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Kelly's Ford Interpretive Site Opens

Kelly's Ford Trust staff and volunteers mark the pivotal cavalry battle's 150th anniversary by celebrating the opening of our newest interpretive site, built with donated materials and labor.

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Bound for Freedom's Light

Bound for Freedom's Light Go behind the scenes to learn about the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibit on the experience of African Americans during the Civil War.


Interview and Videos »


Photos: Color Bearer Weekend

Photos See photos from our recently completed Color Bearer Weekend in Memphis, as we explored newly preserved land Shiloh and Fallen Timbers.


See the Photos »


Cruise into History Tour

Cruise into History Tour Join historians James I. Robertson, Jr. and Brian Steel Wills for a history-themed cruise from Jackson, Miss., to Chattanooga, Tenn., aboard the American Queen from September 11–22.


Offered by Custom Travel Concepts »


Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Meeting

CVBT Our outstanding partners at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust are holding their annual meeting to coincide with the bevy of events scheduled around the Chancellorsville 150th anniversary.

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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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