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Walk the Fields Where History Happened

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
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Sprawl in Central Virginia is rampant. Data Centers, Warehouse Distribution Centers, Big Box Stores, Housing Developments! Every day, Civil War hallowed ground is lost. Green Spaces along with them. Join CVBT to advance our 28 year legacy of saving places where history happened at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.

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CVBT Announces 2024 Annual Conference September 13th - 15th , 2024

Seventy Square Miles of Hell!

  The Mine Run Campaign and The Wilderness

     Under 10 Full Weekend Tickets Left!!

Plenty "Dinner Only Tickets Remain"

CVBT 2024 Annual Conference



CVBT Announces Blow Out Sale! Our popular annual publication, Fredericksburg History and Biography, originally $14.95 are now being liquidated $3.00 each!


Stayed Tuned for 2025 CVBT Spring Seminar Info - Coming Soon!

2024 Sold Out Quickly! 2025 New Venue/More Space

Wilderness Battlefield Named to Nations Top 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites for 2024!

On Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, CVBT along with other members of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition held a press conference at Wilderness Run Vineyards to announce that the Wilderness Battlefield has been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2024 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America.


This is the second time the Wilderness Battlefield has been placed on the Trust's list. The first time was during the Wilderness Walmart battle in 2010.

CVBT President Tom Van Winkle Speaks at Press Conference
Photo credit: Hugh Kenny, PEC

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Inc. joins the American Battlefield Trust, and others, as a plaintiff in legal appeal of Wilderness Crossing Development decision.


“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.”



CVBT Plays Role in new Culpeper Battlefields State Park

In August 2013, CVBT received a grant for $770,000 to assist the American Battlefield Trust in a 56-acre acquisition of Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield. 

ABT President David Duncan & CVBT President Tom Van Winkle

The entire battlefield preservation community including the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, and the Brandy Station Foundation, along with support of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Civil War Sites Preservation Fund had a hand in saving this long sought after parcel of the Brandy Station battlefield.

"Preservation, It’s Chess, Not Checkers", stated CVBT President Tom Van Winkle. So, some 11 years after CVBT’s contribution to help protect Fleetwood Hill, this chess piece is now part of Virginia’s 43rd State Park and the battlefield, now 1,000 acres and about to grow to 2,200 acres after a series of land transfers are completed, will include parts of the four major Civil War battles fought in Culpeper County: Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, Kelly’s Ford, and Rappahannock Station.

​David Duncan, president of the American Battlefield Trust, said “nothing about today was inevitable,” meaning, there were many competing visions of what should happen to the land.

​Present for the June 8th dedication ceremony, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin stated,

“Teaching our history and the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia is not just

complicated, it is filled with extraordinary highs and very dark lows,” Youngkin said.

“We must teach all of it — the good and the bad.”


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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin & CVBT President Tom Van Winkle


Beckham Tract
Battlefield Restoration

Help us with this opportunity to restore one of CVBT's "Jackson" Flank Attack Properties to its Civil War Appearance!

We have saved it, now we must reclaim the battlefield!

Please assist the CVBT in the next phase of reclaiming the Beckham property and restoring it to it's  battlefield appearance so we may stand on the ground and envision what the combatants experienced in 1863.


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Help Us Cross the Finish Line!

We have preserved a key piece of land along Jackson's Flank Attack at Chancellorsville, including the location where the Stonewall Brigade bivouacked on May 2, 1863. Another peice added to the Flank Attack Project!

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 (1.6acres).

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The mission of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is
to preserve land associated with the four major campaigns: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, and the Overland Campaign, including the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.
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Wilderness Battlefield
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CVBT Has Saved Nearly 2,000 Acres of

Endangered Battlefields Since 1996!

America's Premier Regional Civil War Battlefield Preservation Organization

Join the CVBT and help us preserve our nation's history!

ACT NOW!   Time is Running Out!
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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. 

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