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Save Three Tennessee Battlefields

Franklin, Fort Donelson, and Brown’s Ferry

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UPDATE: We have saved two of the three tracts—only Franklin remains. Help get us across the finish line with your gift today.

From the very beginning of the Civil War, Tennessee figured prominently in Union and Confederate strategies. It was in Tennessee – during the war's early stages – where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant first gained national recognition by demanding and securing the "unconditional surrender" of a Confederate army at Fort Donelson. In 1863, strategists in blue and gray crafted schemes to seize control of Chattanooga—a vital railroad hub that ultimately fell to the Union after fighting at places like Brown’s Ferry, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. And it was in Tennessee that Gen. John Bell Hood launched a last-ditch effort to strike back at the Yankees, resulting in inconceivable suffering at Franklin and subsequent defeat at Nashville.

Today, we have the opportunity to save an additional 15 acres at three battlefields in Tennessee: Fort Donelson, Brown’s Ferry (near Chattanooga), and Franklin. We will be adding to the approximately 639 acres we have already saved at these three battlefields—more tiles in the mosaic of Tennessee’s rich Civil War heritage. Thanks to a magnificent $21.17-to-$1 match, you and I can save this land—worth a combined total of $1.5 million—for just $73,250!

Thank you to our Franklin partners, Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin's Charge, for making this preservation opportunity possible. 

Right now, you and I have the chance to save 15 key acres of crucial hallowed ground at three Tennessee battlefields – including surely one of the bloodiest acres of the entire Civil War – while multiplying the value of every $1.00 you give into $21.17!
Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust president
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Fort Donelson Landscape Square
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Battle Map
BATTLE MAP | American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee on February...
Brown’s Ferry - October 27, 1863
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Battle Map
BATTLE MAP | American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Brown’s Ferry, Tennessee on October...
Franklin overview square
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Battle Map
BATTLE MAP | American Battlefield Trust's map of the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30,...