* Fundraising Has Ended *
This was no small undertaking. Because of the support of our committed donors, we were able to preserve a remarkable 42 acres at these two battlefields, forever.
The Civil War Trust and its members take pride in saving unprotected battlefields like we did with great success in 2013, when we preserved Reed’s Bridge, scene of the opening action of the Battle of Chickamauga. In this particular effort, not only did we add 30 acres to our property at Reed’s Bridge, but we also took the opportunity to save 12 acres at the Brown’s Ferry Battlefield.
Our victory at Brown’s Ferry was groundbreaking in many ways. Previously, there was no battle land preserved here. This land we’ve save together was the site on the Tennessee River where Union troops under Brigadier General William G. Hazen landed in the pre-dawn hours of October 27, 1863. The fighting that morning led to the opening of the “Cracker Line” and marked the beginning of the end of the siege of Chattanooga.
We also have many partners to thank for these preservation achievements, including the American Battlefield Protection Program, the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, the Georgia Battlefields Association, the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Riverview Foundation, and the HTR Foundation.
Thank you for adding these 42 acres at Chattanooga and Chickamauga as part of our legacy for future generations.