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Save Bentonville

CWPT has made it its mission to save and preserve the great Bentonville Battlefield in North Carolina. Over the past decade, CWPT and its members have worked to save more than 900 acres at this 1865 battlefield and today we are kicking off a new campaign to save an additional 240 acres. Learn more about this new opportunity.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

June 2010
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

One of our organization's proudest achievements has been the success that we and local groups have had in preserving more than 900 acres of the Bentonville Battlefield. Starting this month we will be looking to add another 20% to what has already been saved at this historic place where, on March 19 - 21, 1865, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston lunged one last time at Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the armies under two of the war's most storied figures locked in a desperate struggle.

I also wanted to thank all of you who attended our 2010 Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. I thought that this was one of our best conferences yet. If you didn't get a chance to attend, or would like to see a reminder of those great times, take a look at our photo and video collections from the conference. I do hope that each of you will join us for our 2011 Conference in Manassas - our first Annual Conference of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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Annual Conference Photos

Lexington Photos

Our recently completed Annual Conference in Lexington, Kentucky was one of our best ever. Check out our photos from the 2010 Conference - from the many battlefield tours, historian events, and award winners.

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Jim Lighthizer's Keynote

Jim Lighthizer's Keynote

Listen to CWPT President Jim Lighthizer's keynote address at the 2010 Annual Conference in Lexington, KY.

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Glendale News Conference

Glendale News Conference

On Saturday June 26th, historians and preservationists will dedicate a historical marker on the Glendale Battlefield in Henrico County - ground that CWPT members helped to save. Come join us on the 26th.

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The Flags of Bentonville

Slideshow: the Flags of Bentonville

See Civil War flags from Union and Confederate units that fought at the Battle of Bentonville. See battle flags from Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, Florida, and Texas.

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2010 Grand Review: Franklin, Tennessee

Grand Review 2010

Our 2010 Grand Review for our Color Bearer members will be held on September 24-26, 2010 in Franklin, Tennessee. Learn more about this great event and how you might join the ranks of the Color Bearers.

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Annual Conference 2011

2011 Conference Registration

Follow in Stonewall Jackson's footsteps at the battles of First and Second Manassas. Tour the battlefield using photographic images from the past and find the locations on the present day field where they were taken. These are just a few of the unique tour opportunities that will be offered at CWPT's 12th annual conference, To the Gates of Washington: The Battles of Manassas.

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New Blogs: Shenandoah 1864

New blog - Shenandoah 1864

Historian Scott Patchan has created a new and highly interesting blog focused on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Scott has authored a number of books on this campaign and has great material to share.

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New Blogs: Today at Brandy Station

New blog - Today at Brandy Station

Historian Mike Block has created a new blog that focuses on the rich Civil War history at Brandy Station. This new blog is filled with great historical content, primary sources, and more - a must read.

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