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Vicksburg Comes Alive

The Civil War Trust is proud to announce the debut of the latest installment in our popular series of Battle App™ guides: The Vicksburg Campaign! These GPS-enabled, multimedia tours designed for smartphones and other mobile media combine expert scholarship with the latest technology to bring history alive like never before. Learn more about this exciting project and download our most ambitious app to date!

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

May 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

I write to you today from Jackson, Miss., where more than 300 Civil War Trust members have gathered for our 2013 Annual Conference. Over the next four days, we will explore the fascinating battlefields of the Vicksburg Campaign and remember the events that unfolded here 150 years ago.

For the many of you who couldn't join us in person this year, I hope you'll take advantage of some of the Trust's outstanding digital interpretation projects to explore these battlefields from the comfort of your own home. Covering the entire campaign - from Grant's failed canal to the city's surrender - our new Vicksburg Battle App™ guide is our most ambitious mobile tour to date. And our Vicksburg Animated Map provides an unparalleled overview of these momentous engagements.

All of these resources and more are available on the Trust's Vicksburg hub page, civilwar.org/vicksburg. While there, you can also learn about our exciting opportunity to protect 11 acres at Vicksburg – marking our first chance to purchase property at this seminal battlefield.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


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More than 1,000 Color Bearers Strong

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Calling All Shutterbugs!

Calling All Shutterbugs! The Civil War Trust's 2013 Photo Contest is underway. Fifteen awards will be presented in five categories, plus special recognitions for Grand Prize and People's Choice. The contest runs through August 16.

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Chancellorsville Anniversary Photos

Chancellorsville Photos For those who couldn't make it to Virginia, National Park Service photographers captured a bevy of images from special tours and programs held earlier this month. View 26 individual galleries on the Park's Facebook page.

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More Support for Preservation Grants

Support for Preservation Grants Virginia Senator Tim Kaine continues his support for historic preservation by introducing legislation to continue and expand government matching grants for battlefield protection.

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Lesson Plan Contest Deadline Extended

Deadline Extended Teachers: The deadline for the 2013 Best Lesson Plan Contest is July 1. Be recognized for your innovative techniques and win up to $2,500.


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Shores of History Cruise

Cruise Travel Dynamics International has organized an 11-day small ship cruise to explore historic sites from Alexandria, Va., to Charleston, S.C.


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Trace Adkins Triumphs

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May Civil War Battles

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

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