Fredericksburg. Chancellorsville. The Wilderness.
Altogether, almost half a million combatants.
Over 78 thousand casualties.
13 generals killed.
Countless families widowed, orphaned, bereaved.
Thank You! Together We Have Completed the Campaign to
Save the Three Battlefield Parcels!
Thanks to your generosity more of our nation’s history has been preserved. These important parcels have now been added to the protected Civil War battlefields where our country witnessed one of the most significant periods in our continuing story. Future generations may use these outdoor classrooms to learn and contemplate the sacrifices made by those who fought and how it shaped our country.
Parcel 1: Artillery lunette occupied by the Norfolk Artillery during the battle of Fredericksburg December 13, 1862.
Parcel 2: Civil War Trust’s 300 plus acre Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads project, CVBT providing a $50,000 contribution to seed its pool of matching funds.
Parcel 3: Hill-Ewell Drive is the principal route through the national park in the Wilderness battlefield. To that end CVBT has begun an initiative to acquire vacant lots at the end of residential cul de sacs, thereby expanding the de facto buffer between the most-traveled thoroughfares of the park and the modern structures that threaten their historic integrity.
Below the Rappahannock River in central Virginia lies some of the most fought-over terrain in America. Between 1861 and 1864 the warring armies of the Civil War bitterly and repeatedly contested these lands. As the midpoint between the Union and Confederate capitols this region was not just strategically important, it was an obsession. Through four major military campaigns and countless skirmishes and small engagements men struggled and died here, for their homes, their beliefs, for the ideals they wanted their country to stand for.
It is the mission of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust to preserve these historic landscapes, these places where so many men of North and South sacrificed, where many gave -- in the words of Abraham Lincoln –
“the last full measure of devotion.”
how to make a donation
Checks payable to:
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
P.O. Box 3417
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
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