Saving History Saturday: 3.5 Acres of Manassas Battlefield To Be Preserved

Excerpts from an American Battlefield Trust email and message from President David Duncan

Today, the site of the first major land battle of the Civil War, is again under siege.

The Manassas National Battlefield Park is hemmed in on all sides and is threatened with encroaching development from data centers, subdivisions and “McMansions” and even large scale solar farms. As a result, we have turned our attention to a very important parcel of land — 3.5 acres to be precise — at the northern end of the Park.

This small parcel of land, near the original Sudley Church, hosted troop movements or battle action in the First and Second Battles of Bull Run. The Sudley Church was used by both sides during the conflicts as a field hospital. This hallowed ground is important, not only because of its battle significance, but because it is possible that Union and Confederate soldiers are buried there, making this sacred ground as well.

We can’t lose this important piece of land to development. We need your help now to raise the remaining $75,000 necessary to purchase it.

And by safeguarding this “must-have” parcel, you and I are continuing work dating back fully 100 years when the first land was set aside at the Henry Farm to honor the hallowed ground where Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died. Please join us today in this effort.

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