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Petersburg Appeal

148 years ago, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee faced off against one another in the Petersburg Campaign, the longest and bloodiest siege in American history. Now, you can join the Civil War Trust in its new effort to save 120 acres at Petersburg — battlefield land that witnesses five separate battles. Learn more about this great preservation opportunity.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

July 2012
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since a group of historians and concerned citizens banded together to form the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. The APCWS was the first private, national group to stand tall against the wanton destruction of Civil War battlefields and formed the nucleus of what would become the Civil War Trust. I hope you'll take some time to read the great history article on our birth, featured below.

And I do hope that you will help us save 120 acres of the Petersburg battlefield. We have a truly remarkable opportunity to save one of the largest and most important parcels left to preserve.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

 

The Birth of the Civil War Trust

25 Years Did you know that the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement was born 25 years ago this month? Learn more about those early efforts to save our hallowed battlefields.

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10 Facts about Petersburg

Petersburg Facts How much do you know about the 10 month Petersburg Campaign — the pivotal campaign of the Civil War? Check out our new 10 Facts page and learn more about this remarkable period of the war.


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Biggest Battles: New Infographic

Infographic Can you name the 20 biggest battles of the American Civil War? How does the Civil War compare to the other wars that America has engaged in? Learn more from our new Biggest Battles infographic.



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New Saved Land Page

Land Saved Check out our new Saved Land page and see where the Civil War Trust has worked to save more than 32,000 acres in 20 different states.

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Winners: Postcard & Essay Contest

Postcard Winners See the winning post card designs and essays from our 2012 Civil War Trust contest. This year's contest focused on the years 1861 and 1862.



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New Battlefield Page: Breakthrough

Breakthrough Check out our new Petersburg Breakthrough page. Learn more about the attack that finally broke Lee's lines at Petersburg and the final acts of this campaign.



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Victory: Cedar Creek & Tom's Brook

Victory Thanks to your help, the Civil War Trust has declared victory in its effort to preserve 238 acres at the Cedar Creek and Tom's Brook battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley.


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Fort Wagner and the 54th

Fort Wagner 149 years ago this month the 54th Massachusetts made its fateful and historic charge against the Confederate forces manning Fort Wagner on Morris Island. Learn more about this great charge.


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Civil War Trust Credit Card

Credit Card The Civil War Trust has partnered with Capital One® Card Lab Connect to bring you our newest fundraising program, which helps you earn money to save battlefields effortlessly every day!


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New Video: Petersburg Tract

Greatest Charges: Video NPS Historian Jimmy Blankenship describes the heavy fighting and the missed opportunity on the Petersburg tract that we are working to save — one of the largest unprotected sections of the Petersburg battlefield


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July Civil War Battles

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

First Manassas (Bull Run) »
Malvern Hill »
Vicksburg »
Gettysburg »
Honey Springs »
Fort Wagner »
Monocacy »
Fort Stevens »
Tupelo »
The Crater »

 

Dispatches from the Front Lines

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Sept. 21-23, 2012
2012 Grand Review
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