“Unprotected battlefield lands have never been more threatened. The land has never been more expensive, and the competition to buy it has never been more intense,” said Trust President David Duncan. “Securing these hallowed grounds ensures protection over one of the most studied, and most successful military actions in American history.”
“The survival, undeveloped, of a tract this large in this crucial location is nothing short of miraculous,” noted historian and Chancellorsville expert Robert K. Krick. “Saving it would be a spectacular preservation coup.”
The campaign also aims to protect two smaller, but no less important, tracts on the Chancellorsville Battlefield. A nearly two-acre tract, surrounded by land saved by the Trust, will serve as a critical puzzle piece that fills in key gaps in the preserved historic landscape. Meanwhile, a sought-after sub-acre between the then Orange Turnpike and Orange Plank Road represents a key project for longtime Trust partner Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. Both parcels will contribute to the protection of a contiguous stretch of preserved hallowed ground. To learn more about the battle’s history, the Trust’s work to protect and interpret it, as well as the latest 45-acre campaign, visit www.battlefields.org/45AcresChancellorsville.
The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 55,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.
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