In a city often linked to the colonial period, the Trust — in partnership with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and supported by the American Battlefield Protection Program, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our committed donors — has triumphed in saving 29 Civil War acres at the Williamsburg Battlefield that were originally zoned for commercial use. Studying the site provides opportunities to honor seven valiant American soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor at Williamsburg and to tell important stories of often overlooked African American involvement in the Civil War.
The largest remaining portion of the Stones River Battlefield, 42 acres of hallowed ground once considered lost to development, has been forever protected in an acquisition by the American Battlefield Trust. The tract, previously owned by O’Reilly Auto Parts, was secured due to the corporation’s gracious deal in combination with grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program and the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund (TCWSPF) and generous donations from Trust members. Quite fortunate, the Trust’s work to protect this tract also led to the preservation of an adjacent six-acre parcel at this treasured Tennessee battlefield.
The scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the entire Civil War, three key acres in the West Woods at Antietam have been saved as a result of the quick support demonstrated by our loyal members. This acreage marks where numerous Confederate brigades launched their advances into the West Woods and toward the Dunker Church it is also home to stories of strife and perseverance. The Trust plans to transfer the land to the National Park Service, expanding the possibilities for future interpretation and visitation at Antietam National Battlefield.
The largest piece of the Shepherdstown Battlefield yet protected, a mighty 278-acre parcel of land at the Borden Farms, has been safeguarded via conservation easement. A product of collaboration, this victory was made possible by the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board (JCFPB), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Land Easement Program, as well as the Trust and its unwavering members. The Trust provided a grant to fund the easement, which is held by the JCFPB; the local group will be responsible for maintaining the land.
Nine important acres that figure into important eras of American history – the Civil War’s 1863 battles for Chattanooga and the Cherokee removal process known as the Trail of Tears – have been saved through our members’ generous support. The purchase was made possible by matching grants from the National Park Service and the State of Tennessee. This land, plus 15 other acres we have preserved at Brown’s Ferry, will be transferred to National Park Partners, an outstanding regional group ideally positioned for ongoing stewardship.
Two tracts of land at the War of 1812 Battle of Sackets Harbor have been saved through our members’ generous support. Now transferred to the State of New York, the land at Horse Island and its causeway will now become important additions to the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
Thanks to the efforts of our donors, plus the availability of state grants and generous landowner donations 101 acres of 1862 Civil War history are now saved! These five tracts include 61 acres at Shiloh in the West, and crucial tracts at Fredericksburg, Glendale and South Mountain in the East.
Thanks to your generous support, the Trust has now saved 31 acres of hallowed ground, securing a major victory for the Liberty Trail at Hanging Rock in South Carolina and adding to our ongoing preservation efforts at Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina. The Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign played a critical role in the fight for American Independence, and now, because of you, those stories will never be forgotten.
201 acres at the Civil War Battle of Rappahannock Station are now saved, thanks to the efforts of our donors, supported by a coalition of federal and state agencies, plus nonprofit organizations and private donors. Saving this land not only protects history from two battles (August, 1862 and November, 1863), but it also helps expand recreational opportunities for the community.
Two major Richmond-area battlefields; 128 acres now preserved forever. Thanks to supporters like you, you have helped to prevent the construction of a massive sportsplex on hallowed ground. The battles of Gaines’s Mill in 1862 and Cold Harbor in 1864 helped determine the trajectory and outcome of the Civil War. Today, by saving the ground where so many citizen soldiers fought and fell, you’re offering history students of all ages a chance to learn about these pivotal events on the very land where they took place.
Thanks to your support, 128 acres of hallowed ground have been forever saved at Perryville. This land fills the “hole in the donut” and substantially completes the preservation of one of the most important battlefields of the entire Civil War. Perryville was the largest and bloodiest battle fought in Kentucky and saw more casualties than many other well-known battles. The one-day battle of Perryville saw more casualties than all of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign combined. And after Perryville, the South would abandon all hopes of folding the state of Kentucky into the Confederacy.
Our supporters are building on our legacy of land preservation the Civil War’s most fought-over state, Virginia. These 326 acres includes land at New Market Heights, were several regiments of the United States Colored Troops assaulted and successfully captured a section of Confederate earthworks. Fourteen of those brave soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their courage under fire.
Trust supporters stepped up to make one big final push to get us across the finish line! 15 acres of hallowed ground in Tennessee at historic Fort Donelson, Brown's Ferry (near Chattanooga), and Franklin are now forever saved. The land at Franklin is particularly meaningful because not too long ago, these hallowed acres were considered lost, paved over and nearly forgotten.
From the arrival of Union reinforcements under General John Reynolds on the morning of July 1 to the burial of more than 60 fallen soldiers long after the armies departed, the 143-acre plot of land known as the Plank Farm witnessed every stage of an incredibly consequential moment in our nation's history. Thanks to our supporters and the Land Conservancy of Adams County, it will be preserved, forever.
Tracts at two Virginia Civil War battlefields are forever safe thanks to Trust supporters like you. These 145 acres at Second Manassas and Kelly’s Ford, where preservationists have already saved thousands of acres of hallowed ground, take our movement an important step closer to the goal of securing our nation’s most significant historic battlefields for future generations to experience and learn from.
74 acres of land hallowed in the 1863 battles at Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Champion Hill are forever protected from development. These three conflicts were significant in their own right and set the scene for the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg and subsequent fall of Vicksburg that same year. Future generations have preservationists like you to thank for these three meaningful additions to three very important battlefields.
By saving 94 acres at Saratoga and Newtown battlefields, modern-day patriots like you help provide generations present and future with a better understanding of the rich, complex history that led to the founding of our nation. Furthermore, thanks to an innovative partnership with the National Park Service and a nonprofit called American Veterans Archeology Recovery, the victory at Saratoga also supports the brave soldiers who fight for our freedom today.
By saving 18 acres at Hanging Rock battlefield, our generous Liberty Trailblazers take another important step along the path to preserve South Carolina’s Revolutionary history. These 18 acres include 2.4 acres in the footprint of the Patriot attack that started the battle. On the heels of 308 acres saved at Camden and Eutaw Springs, this victory brings us closer to the ultimate goal of securing 2,500 acres of Revolutionary battlefield land and telling the story of the Southern Campaign’s significance to American independence.
And we’re off! Generous supporters like you have already begun blazing the Liberty Trail by saving 308 acres of Revolutionary battleground in South Carolina. These 295 acres at Camden and 13 acres at Eutaw Springs are a critical first step toward our ultimate goal of securing 2,500 acres of hallowed ground associated with the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution — and telling the story of why this history is so significant.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, more than one thousand acres of hallowed ground across seven Civil War battlefields are forever protected from development! From the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia and Maryland, to the Corinth and Vicksburg campaigns in Mississippi, to the Red River Campaign in Arkansas, this land represents a significant cross-section of the major military movements of the war. Members like you are the reason we can work at this scope to leave a remarkable legacy for future generations of Americans.
After years of dedication and contributions from generous supporters like you, we’re thrilled to declare 18 critical acres of hallowed ground at Seminary Ridge forever protected. This land is adjacent to the original Mary Thompson House, where General Robert E. Lee set up headquarters after the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg (and which the Trust preserved and restored in 2015). Hundreds of soldiers, both Union and Confederate, fell on this very ground during the first day’s fighting on July 1, 1863.
Thanks to our generous supporters and amazing partners, 105 acres of land on the Brandywine battlefield north of Philadelphia are forever protected from development - including 84 acres at Osborne Hill to the south and 21 acres combining land toward the battlefield’s north end with a property southwest of the Birmingham Meetinghouse and Lafayette Monument. The National Park Service has identified this landscape as among the most intact, largely unprotected battlefields in the nation, meriting top priority for preservation. We’re thrilled and humbled to be making progress in saving this critical American history.
Forty-nine acres of land on the Yorktown battlefield are safe from development - and we have modern patriots to thank. The French allies of Washington’s army camped on this very ground during the famous siege that eventually forced British General Charles Cornwallis and his 8,000 troops to surrender, spelling the end of the Revolutionary War. Our generous supporters have made it possible for future generations to experience this hallowed place where America’s future was secured.
In 2015 and 2017, we had opportunities to save land at Appomattox Court House, the fateful site where America's defining conflict finally came to an end. We're thrilled to declare the tracts from both campaigns, totaling 276 acres, preserved in perpetuity thanks to our supporters! These 276 acres, adjacent to land we've saved in previous campaigns and to the Appomattox National Historical Park, are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices and compromises of the brave men who fought on both sides of America's bloodiest conflict.
We had an opportunity to save land at two of Tennessee’s most famous battlefields. Now, we’re thrilled to declare those 63 acres preserved, thanks to our generous supporters! Fort Donelson was one of the first in a string of successes that earned Union general Ulysses S. Grant the moniker “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. Parker’s Cross Roads is the place where Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest fearlessly declared, “charge ’em both ways,” as his troops repelled a Union advance and lived to fight another day. The events on these two battlefields are essential to a full understanding of the Civil War in the Western Theater.