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Preserving our Nations Battlefields Allows Us To

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Sprawl in Central Virginia is rampant. Every day, Civil War hallowed ground is lost.


Join us to advance the 28 year legacy of saving places where history happened at

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.

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Help Save our Historic Battlefields


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

Seventy Square Miles of Hell!

  The Mine Run Campaign and The Wilderness

CVBT 2024 Annual Conference
Army_CVBT_Tour May 2024

The Army Historical Foundation, and CVBT, Present the 2024 Spring Battle Ride

Embark on a historical journey with The Army Historical Foundation’s Spring Battle Ride, Spotsylvania Court House, “The Horrors of Many Battlefields” on May 4, 2024. The tour will explore the battle for the Muleshoe Salient for Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia, a notoriously violent clash that marked a turning point in the Civil War. Participants will spend the day learning about critical campaign decisions, witnessing live fire demonstrations of Civil War-era weaponry, and examining preserved field fortifications.

This Battle Ride is hosted in partnership with the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) and will feature renowned Civil War historian Robert Lee Hodge, who was prominently featured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Confederates in the Attic. 

War in the Balance Seminar

War in the Balance
CVBT 2024 Spring Seminar




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

Wilderness Crossing Developement Project

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

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.

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dowdall's Tavern

Your donations have allowed CVBT to meet our pledge to the American Battlefield Trust in partnership saving this important land!

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.

Stonewall Property

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Help Us Cross the Finish Line!

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.

Stampede of 11th Corps

Beckham Tract
$30,000 more to Win this Battle!

Help us with this 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. 

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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.
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Wilderness Battlefield
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CVBT Has Saved Over 1,700 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!


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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