The Washington Post

Civil War Trust adds 2,000 acres

The country’s largest battlefield preservation organization, the Civil War Trust, added 2,042 acres last year to its impressive record of protected land, according to the trust. The battlefields where land was preserved in 2011, during the first year of the sesquicentennial, include Gettysburg, Petersburg and Manassas as well as less known places such as Day’s Gap, Ala. , Natural Bridge, Fla. and Wood Lake, Minn.

The new acquisitions bring the tally of protected battlefield land to more than 32,000 acres for the non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC with a membership of 55,000.

According to the trust, the additional acres were saved through 39 separate transactions at 25 battlefields in 12 states using a combination of matching grants, assistance from other preservation groups and money raised for the purchase.


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