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202 Acres at Appomattox

Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. In the waning hours of America's Civil War, two armies that had grappled for years pitched into each other in one final battle. Today, in the waning hours of 2015, you have the incredible opportunity to help save 202 acres of hallowed ground where soldiers — North and South — fired their final shots!

The Civil War Trust is working to preserve three tracts on the eastern edge of the Appomattox battlefield. Here an overwhelming force of Union cavalry tore into the Confederate left flank, doing much to prove the futility of further bloodshed in the final hours before the flag of truce appeared. These tracts are adjacent to other land you have helped save at Appomattox as well as the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, significantly adding to the number of preserved acres at this hallowed place where the Civil War ended.

This battlefield – one of the most important of the entire war – is worth preserving at almost any price, especially as our final preservation opportunity of the final year of the Sesquicentennial. Could there be a more fitting tribute to the soldiers in blue and grey than to protect the place where the war ended and peace began?

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