Tag Archives: Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Jackson Flank Attack Ground Saved

The Central Virginia Battlefield Trust has worked hard over the years to help in the effort to preserve the ground in which Stonewall Jackson’s famous flank attack made history in May 1863. Their most recent announcement shares the great news … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Captain Sewell Gray

“Sabbath and a lovelier day never overtook a soldier,” wrote Capt. Sewell Gray on the day he died. It was Sunday, May 3, 1863, and Gray, a 22-year-old captain with the 6th Maine Infantry, was among 4,700 soldiers ordered to … Continue reading

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A Word on Behalf of Preservation from the Banks of the North Anna

On the evening of May 26, the Army of the Potomac pulled away from the North Anna River. With a feint to the west, the army juked back east and swung across the Pamunkey toward the Totopotomoy. Before we leave … Continue reading

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The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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The Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads

Early May is a busy month for Civil War buffs in my neck of the woods. In 1863, the battle of Chancellorsville roared through the eastern half of the Wilderness; in 1864, the battle of the Wilderness ripped through the … Continue reading

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The Community Give in Support of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Continues

Just a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post about the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and their involvement with the day-long Community Give project. Because of the number of Community Give events going on nationwide, the high volume of traffic caused massive internet … Continue reading

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Help the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Many of us at ECW have roots or connections to the battlefields around the Fredericksburg area: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Brandy Station. It’s no wonder, then, that the regional preservation group, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), has a … Continue reading

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Donate to CVBT to Help Preserve Central Virginia’s Battlefields on “Community Give” Day

If you’re interested in supporting battlefield preservation in the Fredericksburg area, today is “Community Give” day. You can make a donation to our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (CVBT): https://thecommunitygive.org//#npo/central-virginia-battlefields-trust CVBT has done some wonderful work preserving battlefield … Continue reading

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Meet Ben Brockenbrough, Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s New Executive Director

By ECW correspondant Liam McGurl As his three first three months serving as the executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust come to a close, Ben Brockenbrough is starting to settle into his new position. As executive director, Brockenbrough … Continue reading

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In Defense of Preservation

A misguided column appeared in today’s Fredericksburg, Virginia, Free Lance-Star that gives preservation-minded folks reason to pause. Columnist Donnie Johnston denounced battlefield preservation as an nothing more than an effort to strip landowners of their rights in the name of “glorifying … Continue reading

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