Officials at the Civil War Trust say the organization in 2013 was able to protect from development 2,738 acres at 30 individual battlefields in 10 states. According to a CWT spokesman, these newest gains bring the total number of acres saved by purchase or easement to 38,521 in the 27 years since the nonprofit’s founding.
The trust protected these new battlefield acres through 47 transactions, with the highest number per state going to Virginia, where the most Civil War battles were fought. They include Ball’s Bluff, Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Cool Spring, Deep Bottom, Glendale, High Bridge, Kelly’s Ford, Malvern Hill, Peeble’s Farm, Rappahannock Station, Sailor’s Creek, Second Manassas, Totopotomoy Creek and White Oak Road. Information on these battles is available at the Trust’s Web site .
Some of the country’s best-known battlefields also gained some land protection, including Antietam, Gettysburg, Harper’s Ferry and Vicksburg.
According to a news release, the trust counts the acreage saved at the battlefields in Franklin, Tenn., and Brandy Station, Va., as among its most important accomplishments of the year. Preservationists have had those two at the top of their lists for many years.
A spokesman said the trust expects to have saved 40,000 acres by the end of this year.