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Emergency at Stones River

Help save a crucial parcel of unprotected battlefield land at Stones River! Time is of the essence; act now on this urgent opportunity to secure a "gateway" parcel of hallowed ground that has been a preservation priority for decades.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

February 2014
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Have you ever had to make a spur-of-the-moment decision – a decision so important its repercussions would be felt decades, even centuries? Well, friends, that's what I was faced with in our most recent—and urgent—preservation opportunity.

Days ago, I heard from frantic friends at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that a small, but crucial, "gateway" parcel of privately owned battlefield land adjacent to the park was going to auction. This tract has been one of my top preservation priorities for decades. Knowing this could be our only opportunity to save this land and prevent it from becoming a gas station or restaurant; I decided to strike. Now I need your help to seal the deal.

There was a real threat here, but there's also a real sense of history. The Union Pioneer Brigade occupied this land just before moving south to collide with Confederate Brig. Gen. Matthew Ector's Texans. The 7th Indiana Artillery maneuvered here behind the Pioneers to provide support against the vicious Rebel threat. There are many more stories of heroism, bravery and sacrifice associated with this land, but if we don't act, it would be lost forever.

Help us save this ground, hallowed by the blood of 23,500 soldiers, to be preserved as a testament to the service and sacrifice of America's military—both then and now. Friends, I ask you to stand by me in this fight—our first opportunity at Stones River in more than 15 years.

Save Stones River! »

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

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