What members and others have to say about the Civil War Trust

Let me just say how proud I am of what the Civil War Trust accomplishes every year to save our Civil War battlefields and heritage. To know I can play a small part in helping such a great effort and to see positive results really makes my day! It is truly amazing what people all across this country can do when there is a solid, very focused organization at work.

"I am excited to be able to contribute every chance I can, and I realized in these tough times how much more it makes a difference."

- Kevin & Lisa Kenz

Kalamazoo, Michigan, Members since 2007

The Civil War Trust has given me undreamed of power, through my modest contributions, to preserve in perpetuity, important, irreplaceable parts of our priceless American heritage. If I achieve nothing else in life, I know that I have done something of importance.”

- Gary Wayne

Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Supporter since 2005

If I had to summarize why I love being with the Civil War Trust, why I put them in my will, why I believe in them so, so strongly, it's the word "respect." That's what this is all about. Respect for the American experience. Respect for courage. Respect for a people who fought like demons, but then came together to mend a nation.

“We all want to have some meaning in our lives. We all want to wake up and say we've done something that day that matters. Remembering the greatest pain our nation has ever suffered, preserving the sites where the pain was felt at its most acute, passing on respect for those who fought from then to now, that is meaning and is a great day's work when we know that we have participated, along with Jim, along with everybody else, in this whole group's work. Our children's children will be able to walk these sacred fields and just have a hint of an idea of the sacrifice it took to build this glorious nation.”

- Ben Stein

noted author, economist, commentator and well-known actor helped us announce our Most Endangered Battlefields List in February 2007

Joshua Chamberlain said 'In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream;'

“What better way to help convey this importance than to preserve battlefields, forts, and buildings having a role in that war, as tangible evidence of the conflicting causes for which thousands of men were willing to give their lives.

“It is, I believe, essential for us to hold on to our history, our values, and our traditions, that we might have guidance in the future. The preservation of Civil War battlefields accomplishes all three.”

- Bill Trimble

Color Bearer

A nation is built on memory of its past. A nation’s people must access this past to make decisions about the future. The past is not only words of scholars, statesmen, and ordinary people.”

- Herb Sayas

The more I study the Civil War, the more impressed I am by the motivations of the common soldier: their devotion to ideals, their patriotism, concern for comrades and religious faith. Their sacrifice has hallowed the ground on which they fought. We, as Americans, owe it to those soldiers and to future generations to protect that ground.”

- Bruce Miller

I recently watched the ground mist rise at dawn on the Antietam battlefield. It became even more evident to me that there is no substitute for this land. The communication from the quiet of such places cannot be duplicated in the classroom or on the pages of books. You must stand where those stood who sacrificed so much for us -- to understand. These fields of honor and courage are touchstones of memory that simply must be saved.

“We all know time is running out. We certainly cannot do nothing. Civil War Trust gives us the chance not just to do something, but to do more.”

- Kenneth Ramsey

Color Bearer

For us it is a unique feeling to leave something to the future for people we will never know but to realize now that they will experience what we have experienced. It may be a fanciful thought but we like to think that sometime after we are gone that the money we leave to the Civil War Trust will buy a section of battlefield and two people, maybe yet unborn will walk over it and think of the nameless people who helped preserve it.”

- Ken and Wanda Hayward

I do not contribute to very many charities; only those that are trustworthy. The Civil War Trust is an organization that I feel I can trust as demonstrated by your documented results. The Hallowed Ground Magazine is very good at keeping members up to date on property acquisitions.”

- Neal Hooten

When we joined the Civil War Trust in 2005, we thought we would be sending a few donations and not much else. However, we decided to become more active after seeing what the Trust has accomplished through the dedication of its staff and members and the impressive way it has made the best use of its financial resources.”

- Don and Lauren Balyeat

Color Bearer

I admire the work that you do and feel that it is an honor to help out in some small way. In my case, I feel an obligation to honor in some small way the brave men who sacrificed everything for what they believed in.”

- Joe Cardinale

Patterson, New York, Supporter since 1995

I want to congratulate and thank you for the excellent work you and the Civil War Trust are doing to preserve as much of this country’s heritage as possible.

"Although I was born in Australia, I have always been a Civil War “buff”, and have been to several battle sites over the years. Just last week I travelled to Northern Virginia and visited Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House battlefields. I was stunned to see that houses have been built almost up to the wall at the Sunken Road on Marye’s Heights; by my calculations, the back fence of the nearest house is probably the high water mark of the Irish Brigade’s advance. The thought that over 7,500 Union Soldiers died marching up that terrible hill and someone had the gall to build houses on that hallowed ground infuriated me. Admittedly it was 50 years ago, according to the brochure but still that is outrageous, I remember thinking: - Where is the Civil War Trust when you need them!

"The answer of course is that you have moved heaven and earth to not allow that to happen given the chance... I will continue to support your work as I enjoy the outcome and intend to visit every site I can in the coming years. So please keep up the good work and thank you for all your efforts."

- John Richards

New York, New York, Supporter since 1993

My husband Bruce has always had an interest in the Civil War; however my interest did not come until I started doing my family’s genealogy. I had not idea, that I had so many ancestors that fought during that time. The more I found out the more interest I had and wanted to learn more.

"Bruce and I began visiting Civil War battlefields. I knew my Great Grandfather Friend Fulmer, (11th PA Cavalry Regiment, 1088th Volunteers) was wounded and taken prisoner at Reams Station. We were having our doubts if we could find where Reams Station was because we knew the actual station was destroyed and it sure wasn’t one of the well known battles and we had seen areas of so many other battlefields being taken over by other interests.

"We did find the location of Reams Station and a sign saying the location had been saved by the Civil War Trust. It was then that we decided we were going to find out more about this organization. We became members and try to help save as many battlefields as we can. Why? So others may also someday find where their ancestors fought, were sounded, taken prisoner or died."

- Bruce and Rachel Dahlgren

Oklawaha, Florida, Members since 2007

Thank you for your leadership and dedication in your efforts to preserve America’s history and heritage. I am proud to be a part of CWPT. Your work will help continue the education about the American Civil War.

Keep up your outstanding worth with the Civil War Trust. I feel like I am part of something very special with your organization.

- James Aaron Bolles

Madison, Wisconsin, Member since 2006

Why it is important to me to leave a bequest for the Civil War Trust is really no different than why it is important to be an active contributing member while I'm still here. That is, the Civil War was one of a very few defining periods in our history and it is essential to preserve that legacy and respect the hallowed ground on which it was fought. I believe the Civil War Trust has been the most effective organization for accomplishing not just the preservation mission, but for ensuring the ongoing education aspect of that preservation. Hence, I feel fortunate to have the means to make a lasting impact."

- Fred Forman

Fairfax, Virginia

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