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The Vicksburg Campaign

The Vicksburg Campaign of 1863 was not only one of the great turning points of the Civil War, but it is also one of the most interesting and remarkable military campaigns of the war. Check out our new Vicksburg Campaign web page where you will find articles from noted historians, battle maps, photos, recommended books and preservation news. Learn more about the Vicksburg Campaign »

From Our President

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August 2009
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Abraham Lincoln would exclaim that "Vicksburg is the key. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket." Unfortunately for the Union army, obtaining that key would prove to be a most difficult endeavor. But through the dogged determination of Ulysses S. Grant and his bold 1863 campaign, the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy" would fall to the Federal army on July 4, 1863.

CWPT has remained an active force in working to preserve the very battlefields of this 1863 Vicksburg Campaign. Over the years our members have saved more than 400 battlefield acres at Champion Hill, 622 acres at Port Gibson, and 28 acres at Big Black River Bridge. Now we are engaged in adding a crucial 66 acre portion of the Raymond battlefield. It was on this 66-acre parcel that more than 70% of that battle's casualties were suffered. My hope is that you will explore our new Vicksburg Campaign and Raymond battle pages which bring together a wealth of information on this important part of our Civil War history. I also hope that you will join us in working to save more of the Raymond battlefield.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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Orange County Supervisors Vote for the Wilderness Walmart

Stop the Wilderness Walmart

On August 24, 2009 the Orange County, Virginia Supervisors voted in favor of allowing 240,000 square feet of big box development at the Wilderness Battlefield. Read more about CWPT's reaction and Jim Lighthizer's comments related to this fateful decision.

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Save the Raymond Battlefield

Save Raymond

"Blood-soaked ground" ... hallowed American ground. At the Raymond battlefield, one of the key battles of the 1863 Vicksburg campaign, we now have the opportunity to save 66 crucial acres of this Mississippi battlefield. The land that we seek to save today is the core of the Raymond battlefield. Our Raymond battlefield package includes articles from noted historians, photos, web resources, and preservation related news.

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Vicksburg Campaign Quiz

Take the Vicksburg Campaign Quiz

Do you think you know a thing or two related to the 1863 Vicksburg Campaign? Take our new online quiz and find out what you know. Our quiz is not only designed to help test your knowledge, but it will also help you to discover resources that will expand your knowledge.

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Third Winchester Student Videos

Third Winchester Student Videos

Need an example of how our Civil War battlefields can be the best of classrooms? Check out these student-produced videos of the Third Winchester battlefield in Winchester, Virginia. This summer enrichment program involved twenty 8th graders, a video camera, and one great battlefield.

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Civil War Photography in Charleston Video

Civil War Photography in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is not only the birthplace of the Civil War, but it is also the birthplace of Civil War photography. Civil War photography expert Garry Adelman describes many of the important photographic landmarks of Civil War Charleston in this new web video.

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Hari Jones of the African-American Civil War Memorial delivered an impassioned lecture on the history and role of the United States Colored Troops within the Civil War. This lecture was part of our 2009 CWPT Teacher Institute in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Historical Markers at the First Day at Chancellorsville battlefield

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