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Save More Land at Gettysburg

Earlier this month, eyes were focused on Gettysburg, Pa., as the nation remembered the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. Help us leave a permanent and meaningful legacy of this event by assisting the Civil War Trust's purchase of 12 more acres of this hallowed ground – including a small but crucial parcel adjacent to the national park on East Cemetery Hill.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

July 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

I'm sure that, like me, you spent the early days of this month transfixed by the remarkable pictures and stories coming out of Pennsylvania and Mississippi, as Americans of all ages and types remembered two of the Civil War's largest and most significant battles. In particular, I was thrilled to see the number of young people who made the journey and were eager to be part of commemoration. It is for this new generation—and all the ones that will come after—that you and I work so hard to ensure that there will always be scenic, historic and meaningful battlefields to visit.

That's why I'm thrilled to announce our latest land preservation project – another 12 acres at Gettysburg. Even though the anniversary crowds have headed home, thanks to tangible projects like the acquisition of this land, you and I are ensuring that the legacy of the 150th anniversary will last long beyond this summer. Once we save this land, our grandchildren will be able to visit and learn from it on the 200th anniversary – and long beyond.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Trust Mourns the Loss of Chairman Emeritus Henry Simpson

Henry Simpson On July 8, the Trust family was devastated to learn of the unexpected passing of Henry Simpson. A 15-year veteran of our Board of Trustees, Henry had just completed a successful two-year term as chairman. Please join us in remembering this remarkable man.


In Memoriam: Henry Simpson »


Student Preservationists Win Honors

Student Preservationists The Trust and History™ have announced the 16 honorees of their 2013 Postcard and Essay Contests. In responding to the contest theme, "Preserving 150 Years of History: 1862-1863, Shifting Tides," students demonstrated their creativity.

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Starve Them to Death

Hallowed Ground Feature story from the Summer 2013 issue of Hallowed Ground traces the long, grueling campaign to capture Vicksburg, Miss.

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Civil War In4

In4 Our new educational video series "Civil War In4" provides short presentations on a variety of Civil War topics. These synopses, which each run roughly four minutes or less, are designed to pique the interest of people of all ages.

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The Color of Bravery

The Color of Bravery As we remember the 150th anniversary of the assault on Battery Wagner, one of the most famous engagements featuring black soldiers, historian Hari Jones of the African American Civil War Museum traces the origins of the United States Colored Troops.

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Gettysburg: Vision Place of Souls

Gettysburg Using Joshua Chamberlain's stirring address from dedication of the 20th Maine Monument, country music superstar and historic preservation advocate Trace Adkins, reminds us all of Gettysburg's unique significance to the American people.


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Photo Contest Underway

Photo Contest Remember to enter your favorite images from this summer's battlefield travels into the Trust's 2013 Annual Photo Contest!


Official Rules and Details »


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 »


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