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The Civil War Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Below, find our latest news and stay up to date on the Trust’s latest preservation efforts, advocacy campaigns and education initiatives. Also, be sure to check out our social media for even more battlefield news.

Preservation & News Highlights



The Civil War Trust’s 30th Anniversary

In 1987, a small group of historians and concerned citizens joined together in hopes of preventing the loss of America’s Civil War battlefields. Now, thirty years later, the Civil War Trust has saved more than 46,000 acres at more than 100 battlefields in 24 states, creating battlefield parks where none existed and, in many cases, restoring the land to its Civil War appearance. Watch the video

The Trust’s 2016 accomplishments

The Civil War Trust, America’s premier battlefield preservation organization, has announced the conclusion of another year of historic land conservation. Through the generosity of individual donors, coupled with strategic partnerships with government officials and nonprofit groups across the country, the Trust protected 2,373 acres of battlefield land in 11 states during 2016. The Trust had over 2,000 additional acres under contract at year end. Read the News Release


Preservation & Restoration of Gen. Lee’s Headquaters

In October 2016, the Civil War Trust joined with local preservation advocates and hundreds of supporters for a ceremony to announce the successful conclusion of a national campaign to preserve, restore and interpret the four-acre headquarters site of Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Gettysburg. The effort protects the small stone house – known as the Mary Thompson House – and adjacent lands that served as a combat command center during one of the most decisive battles in American history. 


Press Contacts

Jim Campi, Chief Policy and Communications Officer | 202-367-1861 x7205

Meg Martin, Communications Manager | 202-367-1862 x7231