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Bull Run Animated Map

Learn more about the first great battle of the American Civil War -- Bull Run. Watch our animated presentation of the battle -- from the crossing at Sudley Springs Ford and the fighting at Matthews Hill to the climax at Henry Hill and Chinn Ridge.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

June 2011
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

It's hard to believe, but 5 years ago, the Civil War Trust embarked upon one of its most ambitious and expensive battlefield preservation efforts in its history -- the preservation of the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg. Thanks to the great generosity of our members, we've raised $7m in support of this $12m purchase. With that said we still have ways to go to raise the full amount to preserve this ground once and forever. Join us in that quest.

And for those who are getting ready for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) I do hope that you will check out our brand new Bull Run Animated Map. These animated maps are a great way to learn about how the battles of the Civil War unfolded on the battlefields that we hold so dear.

I do hope that many more of you will join us in Richmond, Virginia for next year's conference.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Preserving Grant's Wilderness HQ

Save the Wilderness Learn about our new campaign to save the very ground where Ulysses S. Grant placed his headquarters at the Battle of the Wilderness. View photos, maps, videos, and more on our new Save Wilderness page.

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Help Save the Slaughter Pen Farm

Save Fredericksburg It's been five years since we began work to preserve the 208-acre Slaughter Pen Farm on the Fredericksburg Battlefield -- one of our most important preservation endeavors. Learn how you can help us save this ground, once and forever.

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Wilson's Creek: Missouri's Bloody Hill

Wilson's Creek Read our new Hallowed Ground article on the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the struggle for Bloody Hill -- the first major Civil War battle in the Western Theater.

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Video: Wilderness: Lee and Grant

Lee and Grant NPS Chief Historian John Hennessy discusses the important role that Ulysses S. Grant played at the Battle of the Wilderness and in the Union war effort of 1864. Learn more about this pivotal moment in Civil War history.

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Reclaiming the Franklin Battlefield

Reclaiming Franklin Read about the recent battlefield reclamation efforts on the Franklin Battlefield. See photos of the removal of the Holt House which sat along the Union main line, near the site of the famous breakthrough.

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Vote for Preservation

Vote Let's help the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust earn $25,000 from the National Trust. The CVBT, one of our great partners in preservation, needs your vote in the 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge.

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Video: Stonewall Jackson at First Manassas

Jackson at First Manassas Check out our new video on Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of First Manassas. This video of historian John Hennessy was taken during our recently completed 2011 Civil War Trust Annual Conference.

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June Civil War Battles

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

Cross Keys »
Port Republic »
Beaver Dam Creek »
Gaines' Mill »
Glendale »
Brandy Station »
Cold Harbor »
Brice's Crossroads »
Trevilian Station »
Petersburg »


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Become a Color Bearer: New Monthly Payment Option

The Civil War Trust's Color Bearers are the true vanguard of the modern battlefield preservation movement. Now with our new monthly payment option it's never been easier to join the ranks.
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July 14-17, 2011
10th Annual Teacher Institute
Nashville, Tennessee
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September 16-18, 2011
2011 Grand Review
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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October 8-9, 2011
Boston Regional Teacher Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
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