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Gaines' Mill... $150,000 to Go!

Last year, we announced a new $3.2m campaign to save 285 acres of the Gaines' Mill battlefield. This magnificent tract would more than quadruple the amount of battlefield land saved at Gaines' Mill. The good news is that we have now raised $3m to pay for this tract.  But we still need to raise another $150,000 to reach our goal by the deadline of September 4th. We need your help to push this tract into the saved column.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

June 2012
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

My thanks to the hundreds of you who were able to join us at our 2012 Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. What a wonderful time we had! Great historians, fantastic battlefield tours, interesting sessions, and lots of time to meet and talk about our great mission. Not only did we get a chance to give Lifetime Achievement Awards to Bud Hall, Ed Wenzel, and Tersh Boasberg, but we also had the opportunity to give out an award to our youngest recipient yet — twelve year old Andrew Druart. Congrats to all the award winners.

As we all witnessed around Richmond, the battlefield preservation fight still rages on. While we have achieved many successes at Glendale and Malvern Hill, other battlefields like Gaines' Mill hang in the balance. Will Gaines' Mill become more like Malvern Hill or will it become more like Seven Pines, largely lost to fast moving development? Right now this choice is largely up to us.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Greatest Charges of the Civil War

Greatest Charges Was Pickett's Charge the largest, bloodiest, and greatest charge of the American Civil War? Check out our new "Greatest Charges" feature and learn more about actions from Gaines' Mill to Franklin.

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New Saved Land Page

Saved Land Page Check out our new Saved Land page. Now it's easier to see all the different battlefield sits where the Civil War Trust has saved more than 32,000 acres of hallowed ground.

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New Civil War Trust Video

Video: Out Mission Learn more about the modern threats facing our Civil War battlefields and the Civil War Trust's mission in this powerful new online video.

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Updated Seven Days Pages

Updated Seven Days Pages The 150th anniversary of the pivotal 1862 Seven Days Campaign is upon us. Check out our new and expanded Battlefield pages from this campaign. Maps, history articles, facts, videos, and photos await you.

Glendale »
Gaines' Mill »
Malvern Hill »


Photos from the Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2012 Photos See photos from our recently completed 2012 Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. See photos from our many battlefield tours and historian events.

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More Seven Days Battle Maps

New Sevens Days Maps To help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Seven Days Campaign we have updated and expanded many of our battle maps that correspond to this important 1862 campaign.

See the Maps »


The Civil War Kids 150 Book

Kids 150 Book Check out our newest book for kids and parents looking for a fun, engaging way to learn more about the American Civil War and its impact on our nation.

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Buy a Book, Save a Battlefield

Buy a Book, Save a Battlefield Our friends at Gatehouse Press are running a special on a whole host of Civil War books. Even better — 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Civil War Trust.

Buy a Book, Save a Battlefield »


Ed Wenzel: A Lifetime of Preservation

Ed Wenzel Learn more about Ed Wenzel — one of the founding fathers of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement. Ed was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Trust.

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Covering the Conference

National Parks Traveler Great coverage of our Richmond 2012 Annual Conference in this article on the National Parks Traveler website.

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New Video: Franklin

Greatest Charges: Video Historian Eric Jacobson describes the terrible charge at the Battle of Franklin — part of our Greatest Charges of the Civil War series.

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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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July 12-15, 2012
2012 Teacher Institute
Charleston, SC
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Sept. 21-23, 2012
2012 Grand Review
Williamsburg, VA
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