News from Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s press release and website:
There is a chance to save the center of one of the most iconic battlefields in the nation – Fisher’s Hill. Long in the making, this property first came to attention as part of a larger project in 2016. Now this 120-acre preservation project is on the cusp of success, but it’s going to take all of us to make it happen.
Fought on September 21-22, 1864, Fisher’s Hill was one of the key battles of the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign. During the battle, the seemingly-strong Confederate position, bristling with guns, would be undone by a shortage of troops and a stunning Union flank attack, resulting in a Federal victory that would open the Valley to “The Burning.”
Now, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) is extremely close to saving 120 acres in the core of that battlefield and only need $40,000 to do it! This acreage includes “Pegram’s Hill,” where marks the center of the Confederate line, and the village of Fisher’s Hill (including the historic Pifer’s Mill), through which Union troops pushed on their way to assault the heights.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has grant funding in place to match contributions by more than 10 to 1. Just $40,000 needs to be raised to reach the preservation goal. Over half of those funds must be invested in the project before the grant funding will be released – and the remaining funds must go towards developing and opening a public access trail on the site, a point that was key in negotiations with the property owner. This deal can’t be completed without that $40,000; it can’t be completed without your help.
Success is nearly here, but it is by no means certain. Please do all that you can so that SVBF can reach the goal of raising that last $40,000. Help to save these 120 acres; help save one more piece of hallowed ground. The hills are almost taken – Pegram’s Hill and the village of Fisher’s Hill.
To make a donation to Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for this preservation campaign, please click here.