Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Saves 13 Acres of Stonewall Jackson's Famed Chancellorsville Flank Attack!

CVBT Board Member Robert K. Krick has called this acquisition: "a spectacular preservation achievement--the most important CVBT accomplishment in many years. Permanent protection of impressive stretches of frontage on both historic roads--the Orange Turnpike and Orange Plank Road, right in the midst of Stonewall Jackson's flank attack, does much to guarantee the survival of the historic setting. Future generations will find the scene much as it looked in 1863, rather than covered with asphalt, nacho stands, and petroleum pumps."

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
P.O. Box 3417
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22402
The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) has just closed on the purchase of 13 acres that were part of Stonewall Jackson's famed flank attack at Chancellorsville!


This property lies on the south side of the historic Orange Turnpike (modern day Route 3) near the intersection with the Orange Plank Road. Most of you will be familiar with the property, commonly known as the "Castle" or the "Stars and Bars" tract, named for the relic shop that long occupied the property. It is extremely important for the following reasons:


  • While the National Park Service holds a good portion of the battlefield on the north side of Route 3, precious little has been saved on the south side.


  • CVBT already owns over 45 acres in this vicinity. The latest acquisition would bring that up to an impressive total of 58 acres---a significant portion of the Flank Attack on the south side of the road.


  • The property includes extensive frontage (450 feet) on the Orange Turnpike and extends south to the Orange Plank Road, and includes 860 feet of frontage on that equally historic corridor.

 Tract in Yellow Below


The purchase price is $475,000. While that is expensive, the property does include an 8,000 square foot brick building which will eventually be demolished. However, we have been able to assemble a very attractive financing package to cover a good portion of the acquisition. Our good friends at the Civil War Trust have pledged a substantial amount as has one of our generous CVBT members. In addition, we are the recipients of both federal and state matching grants! As a result of these commitments, we estimate that every $1 you give will be multiplied by $7 from other sources. I'm sure you will agree that this is a "big bang for your buck".


Please help us preserve this vitally important site.




Sincerely yours,


 Mike Stevens

President CVBT 




Central Virginia Battlefields Trust | P.O. Box 3417 | Fredericksburg | VA | 22402