STAND WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED
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Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Inc. joins the American Battlefield Trust, and others, as a plaintiff in appeal of Wilderness Crossing Development decision.
CVBT is currently fundraising to assist in the American Battlefield Trust's growing legal bills as a part of this fight.
Contact: Chris Mackowski (585) 307-7572
The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) has joined the American Battlefield Trust and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, as well as adjacent residents in Orange and Spotsylvania Counties, as a plaintiff in a legal appeal of last month’s vote by the Orange County Board of Supervisors approval of the Wilderness Crossing Development.
CVBT believes the development plan fails to analyze serious impacts to the historic landscape and public utilities, or to address major environmental repercussions. Moreover, repeated procedural errors and failure to comply with Virginia Code and the county’s own Comprehensive Plan compel us, as neighboring landowners, to challenge this decision. The challenge was filed on Wednesday, May 24, in Orange County Circuit Court.
“A project of this magnitude is unprecedented for this significantly historical area,” said CVBT Board President Tom Van Winkle. “Orange County apparently failed to follow proper procedures and also failed to reply to several queries from the National Park Service and other public entities. CVBT will continue to advocate to do the right thing for the area and our nation’s history.”
This development proposal dwarfs anything previously contemplated in Orange County, potentially positioning millions of square feet of data centers and distribution warehouses at the gateway to a historic landscape of truly national significance. Moving this project forward without demonstrating meaningful analysis of one-of-a-kind resources that will undoubtedly be impacted and while severely lacking in transparency is unacceptable. CVBT is proud to stand alongside longtime partners and concerned citizens to protect the Wilderness.
Founded in 1996, the mission of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) is to preserve land associated with the four major campaigns: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, and the Overland Campaign, including the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. To date CVBT has saved more than 1,700 acres of historic greenspace, including more than 220 acres on the Wilderness battlefield. Learn more at www.cvbt.org.
For the American Battlefield Trust's press release, please visit: https://www.battlefields.org/news/american-battlefield-trust-appeals-controversial-wilderness-crossing-development
stonewall brigade III
We are getting Close! 70% There!
The opportunity to save a key piece of land along Jackson's Flank Attack at Chancellorsville, including the location where the Stonewall Brigade bivouacked on May 2, 1863.
The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust continues its process of piecing together the parcels of land that saw major fighting during Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's famous May 2, 1863, flank attack. This new tract, known as Stonewall Brigade III, adds acreage to two properties CVBT preserved in 2012 (9.2 acres) and 2016 (1.6 acres). We're asking you to help us raise $100,000 to save these two acres, as well as fulfill our pledge to our friends at the American Battlefield Trust in preserving 42 acres just a few hundred yards west of this tract at Dowdall's Tavern.
The opportunity to save a key piece of land along Jackson's Flank Attack at Chancellorsville, including the historic tavern location!
The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, in partnership with the American Battlefield Trust, has a unique opportunity to save nearly the site of Dowdall’s Tavern, which was the headquarters of the Union XI Corps. At stake is a 42-acre tract of land that was the site of the Buschbeck Line, during Jackson's Flank Attack.
The opportunity to finish part of a preservation puzzle and save an artillery position from
Jackson's Flank Attack!
The opportunity to finish part of a preservation puzzle and save an artillery position from Jackson's Flank Attack! This 1.2 acres of hallowed ground will complete battlefield preservation efforts at the intersection of historic Orange Turnpike (Route 3) and Orange Plank Road.
The places where thousands of Americans gave their lives during the Civil War are rapidly being lost to development. Their suffering and sacrifice deserve our respect for the grounds where they fell. The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has made significant progress toward "preserving dirt and grass" at the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House battlefields.