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Saving Appomattox Station

Why did Robert E. Lee surrender the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865? Well, one of the key drivers of that decision stemmed from the results of the Battle of Appomattox Station the day before. CWPT just announced a new campaign to save 46 acres - the first acres saved at this battlefield - of the Appomattox Station battlefield. Our new Appomattox Station page has history articles, photos, battle maps, and more.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

November 2009
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Simply put, 2009 has been a remarkable year for our organization. Despite facing one of the grimmest economic climates in recent memory, CWPT has tightened its belt and continued forth in its mission to save more American Civil War battlefield land. Thanks to the resolute dedication of our members and supporters, CWPT has now reached the 28,000 acre plateau for saved land. Astounding!

Just this month we inaugurated two new preservation campaigns. Our new campaign to save 85 acres at Chancellorsville and an additional 94 at The Wilderness may be one of the most exciting opportunities we have ever pursued. Make sure to check out all of the great online resources we have put together on this new campaign.

CWPT also just recently announced that it will seek to save 46 acres at the Appomattox Station battlefield - the very first acres saved at that April 8, 1865 battlefield. New history articles, photos, battle maps and more related to this important battle can be found on our new Appomattox Station page.

Thank you again for all your tremendous support of our collective cause. We cannot save battlefields without you.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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Chancellorsville: Saving "Flank Attack" Battlefield Land


In what has to be one of the most exciting battlefield preservation opportunities ever presented, the CWPT is working to save 85 critical acres of the Chancellorsville Battlefield - the very ground where Stonewall Jackson's men made their crippling flank attack upon the Federal Eleventh Corps in the woods of Chancellorsville. Learn more about this great opportunity and an additional one at The Wilderness in our new online appeal.

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In Search of the Battle of Appomattox Station

Appomattox Station

Read Chris Calkins' new article on the recent efforts to rediscover the Appomattox Station battlefield. Chris, a true expert on the Appomattox Campaign, discusses the scholarship and methods used to pinpoint key section of this April 8, 1865 battlefield where George Armstrong Custer's cavalry forces attacked R. Lindsay Walker's concentrated artillery force.

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CWPT Slideshow: Artifacts of Jackson's Flank Attack

Jackson Artifacts slideshow

View our new online slideshow featuring many of the Museum of the Confederacy's greatest artifacts - battle flags, uniforms, and Jackson's sword - all there at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863.

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28,000 Acres and Counting

28,000 Acres

2009 has been a remarkable year for saving American Civil War battlefields. CWPT has now saved more than 28,000 battlefield acres in 19 states. Check out our expanded list of battlefields where you have helped us to save land.

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CWPT Member Discounts: Civil War Times & America's Civil War Magazines

Weider History Group CW Magazines

Looking to expand your knowledge of the American Civil War? CWPT members can get a hefty 23% discount on annual subscriptions to Civil War Times and America's Civil War magazines. To get this special pricing you must call 1.800.435.0715 and give them code S9CWPT.

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CWPT Store: Looking for Some Civil War Gifts for the Holidays?

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Looking for that special gift for someone interested in the Civil War and battlefield preservation? Take a look at our expanded CWPT store where you will find a variety of CWPT logo apparel options and gifts. All proceeds from these sales go to saving our Civil War battlefields.

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