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New Historical Markers at Slaughter Pen Farm

It is still the most ambitious and most expensive private battlefield preservation effort in American history. Now the Slaughter Pen Farm includes a number of new historical markers that help explain the actions on this key portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield. Check out our new virtual tour of these new signs. View the Virtual Tour »

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

July 2009
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

No summer doldrums here! Your Civil War Preservation Trust remains in high gear. We’ve recently launched two new battlefield preservation campaigns – Port Republic and Trevilian Station. We also remain dedicated to finding a solution posed by the threat to the Wilderness Battlefield by Walmart.

In addition to our traditional preservation activities, we have recently added new historical markers to our Slaughter Pen Farm and First Day at Chancellorsville properties. Our hope is that these educational signs will help visitors to better understand the great events that transpired on that hallowed ground. To see more of these great new additions, take a look at our new virtual tours of the Slaughter Pen Farm and First Day at Chancellorsville battlefield signs on our new website.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

 
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Events

2009 Grand Review
Springfield, Illinois
September 25-27, 2009
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Save Trevilian Station

Save Trevilian Station

CWPT has kicked off a new campaign to save an additional 253 acres of the Trevilian Station battlefield. This largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War proved to be an important victory for Wade Hampton and the cavalry forces of the Army of Northern Virginia. An astounding $112-to-$1 match for all donations should help us maximize our preservation efforts at this great Civil War battlefield.

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Opposition to the Wilderness Walmart Grows

Stop the Wilderness Walmart

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator Jim Webb, and Virginia Speaker of the House Bill Howell have all come out recently against the proposed location of the Walmart supercenter site on the Wilderness battlefield. Read Gov. Tim Kaine and Speaker Howell’s powerful letter and learn how you can add your voice to those who oppose this shortsighted proposal.

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New Battle of the Wilderness Videos

Wilderness Battlefield Videos

CWPT has produced two new videos describing the importance of the Battle of the Wilderness. Chief Park Historian and noted Civil War author John Hennessy describes the great events of May 5-6, 1864, future plans to enhance the battlefield park, and the importance of land now threatened by nearby development.

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The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln

The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was not the always the popular figure of today. During his tumultuous presidential campaigns Lincoln was the subject of much popular anger and dissatisfaction. Read more about Lincoln’s challenges in our latest issue of our Hallowed Ground magazine.

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2009 CWPT Photo Content Continues

2009 Photo Contest

Photos for our 2009 Civil War Preservation Trust photo contest are still pouring in. Add your great Civil War battlefield photos to our contest. For more on the four contest categories and how to enter please visit our photo contest page online.

2009 CWPT Photo Contest »

 

Dan Sickles – Early Battlefield Preservationist

Dan Sickles the Preservationist

Daniel Sickles is best known as the general who disobeyed Meade’s orders and placed his Corps and the Union army at Gettysburg in grave danger. But did you know that Dan Sickles was also an early proponent for battlefield preservation? Read author Jim Hessler’s new article on Dan Sickles efforts to preserve the Gettysburg battlefield.

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