Last week, we told you about an under-the-gun effort the Civil War Trust faced in securing a pie-slice of land at Antietam. “I have wonderful news to share,” says Jim Lighthizer, president of the Trust. “Our fundraising goal was met. We can now declare a victory on securing The North Woods Tract at Antietam!”In a statement sent to ECW in advance of the general announcement, Lighthizer shared the Trust’s latest success story, which we’re happy to pass along:
The Trust recently placed a winning bid of $300,000 at a public auction on a 1.2-acre portion of the North Woods Tract at Antietam. We had 45 days to raise the funds.
We called on our supporters to help us raise funds to meet the purchase price. Many of you responded to our call and supported this effort.
Several of you truly went above and beyond in both your generosity and swiftness toward donating to the cause. We are deeply grateful for your help. Because of your quick response, we can now ensure this piece of hallowed ground will be preserved, forever.
I am honored to celebrate this important victory with you. This success is a true demonstration of the fortitude of our community. Our continued achievements at the Antietam Battlefield are due entirely to your generosity and commitment. Together, we are doing great work to preserve hallowed ground that is so fundamental in our nation’s history.
I am humbled by your generosity,
Emerging Civil War thanks all our readers who responded to this deadline-driven appeal.