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Save Four Antietam Campaign Battlefields

Robert E. Lee seized an opportunity and led his army on its first invasion of the North 151 years ago. Today, we, too, can take a bold action to make history – by setting aside acreage at each of the four battlefields where the iconic 1862 Antietam Campaign unfolded: Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Antietam and Shepherdstown!

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

September 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

I'm not sure I can remember an opportunity quite like this one ever presenting itself before. The stars have aligned and you and I have the opportunity to simultaneously preserve land at each and every battlefield of the 1862 Antietam Campaign!

Each of these four battles was significant in its own way: Harpers Ferry witnessed the largest mass surrender of U.S. army troops until mid-way through World War II; the critical delaying action at South Mountain set the stage for climactic events to follow; Antietam was the single bloodiest day in American history; failure to pursue his adversaries after Shepherdstown was the final nail in McClellan's coffin as commander of the Army of the Potomac. But together, they tell an even more remarkable story.

In total, we have the opportunity to protect 318 acres of land across these four battlefields. The combined fair-market value for this property is nearly $2.2 million – but through a combination of state and federal matching grants, a very generous anonymous donor, as well as some crucial funding from the National Park Service, you and I can save this land for $197,500! That's an $11-to-$1 return on your investment in preservation.

But, like a good Civil War general, we must strike quickly when this kind of promising opportunity presents itself and raise our portion of the funding before the end of the year.

Help Save All Four Antietam Campaign Battlefields! »

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

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