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Save Gaines' Mill & Cold Harbor

The Civil War Trust is proud to announce a new campaign to save endangered battlefield land at the Gaines' Mill and Cold Harbor battlefields. Learn more about the great charges that crossed these tracts and on how you can help to save this land forever.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

April 2011
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

At 4:30am on April 12, 1861, the opening shots of the American Civil War were fired. After an intense bombardment by Confederate batteries, the Union garrison at Fort Sumter surrendered the next day. Now, 150 years later, we have the opportunity to not only commemorate the great events that defined our nation, but we also have the duty to work even harder to protect and preserve this land where the Civil War was fought. With those twin goals very much in mind, I hope that you'll explore our expanding array of 150th offerings featured below and will support our new campaign to save important tracts at the Gaines' Mill and Cold Harbor battlefields.

And did you hear the news from Gettysburg? The application for the infamous Gettysburg Casino was rejected by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Now that's something to celebrate!

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Victory! The Gettysburg Casino Rejected

Victory Gettysburg Casino Read the good news. On April 14th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the proposed Gettysburg Casino. Read all about this historic decision in our online news release.

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Animated Map: Battle of Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter Animated Learn all about the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the subsequent efforts by the Union to retake this important and symbolic position. Our narrated presentation will bring you up to speed in short order.

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Fort Sumter in 3-D

Fort Sumter in 3-D Check out our new Fort Sumter in 3-D presentation. This presentation, created by the Center for Civil War Photography, will let you see Civil War photos of historic Fort Sumter as the photographers intended - in three dimensions.

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Battle of Gaines' Mill: Then & Now

Gaines' Mill Then and Now Historian Bobby Krick, among the foremost authorities on the Battle of Gaines' Mill, describes the great events of June 27, 1862, and the state of the battlefield today.

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Save a Battlefield with Andrew Druart

Join Andrew Druart 10-year old Andrew Druart, one of our youngest and most passionate members, is working to raise $7,000 to help save our Civil War battlefields. See Andrew's photos from his recent trip to battlefields in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia.

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The Give150 Campaign

Give150 History™ has created a new Give150 campaign designed to help protect Civil War sites and stories throughout the country. Proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation and the Civil War Trust.

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The 2nd South Carolina String Band

2nd SC String Band Music was an ever-present and important part of every Civil War army. Read our interview with the 2nd South Carolina String Band and learn how they are keeping our Civil War music alive in the 21st century.

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Historian Videos: Battle of Gaines' Mill

Bob Krick at Gaines' Mill Historian Bobby Krick describes the Battle of Gaines' Mill in these new battlefield videos. Learn more about great challenges facing both the Confederates and Federal forces during this important Seven Days battle.

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2011 Teacher Institute in Nashville

Teacher Institute Do you know a teacher who would like to learn more about how to best teach the Civil War? If so, check out our four-day Teacher Institute, complete with workshops and battlefield tours. Scholarships applications are being accepted until April 25th.

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Photos from Park Day 2011

Park Day 2011 Photos Our Park Day 2011 event on April 2nd was a roaring success. Volunteers from around the country came out to help improve our battlefields and Civil War sites. Check out our large collection of Park Day photos.

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

Fort Sumter »
Shiloh »
Mansfield »
Five Forks »
Petersburg – Breakthrough »
Sailor's Creek »
Appomattox Station »
Appomattox Court House »


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