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Slaughter Pen Farm Still Needs You

2021 Update: We already paid off more than 75 percent of the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg debt! To save this national treasure forever the Trust must raise the $150,000 we need to match the funds gifted by a group of anonymous benefactors, and pay our loan commitment for 2021 (before our payment goes up next year).

Way back in 2006, battlefield preservationists went above and beyond to save the Slaughter Pen Farm from industrial development with an investment of $12 million – because the history was that important. Today, thanks to donors like you, this hallowed ground has been preserved and restored – but our work isn’t over. 


The Opportunity

The Trust’s purchase of 208 acres of the Slaughter Pen Farm for $12 million in 2006 was the largest transaction we’ve ever undertaken, and the largest private battlefield acquisition in history. We can say without a doubt that it was well worth the cost given the historical significance of this hallowed ground, but it was a big commitment that we’re still making payments on today.

Each year we’ve relied on devoted members like you to help us meet our annual commitment of $300,000 to continue preserving this vital piece of American history for future generations. But until the remaining debt of $2.7 million is paid off completely, this battlefield is not truly “saved.”

Several members have stepped up with a dedicated dollar-for-dollar match, up to $150,000 to make this year’s payment so that we are one step closer to preserving this incredibly significant battleground, forever. 

The History

On December 13, 1862, Federal troops marched across muddy farm fields south of Fredericksburg. The main assault of the Battle of Fredericksburg struck a weak point in the Confederate line, touching off a seesaw battle that raged from the wooded slopes of Prospect Hill and across the shell-swept plain of what is now known as Slaughter Pen Farm.

By the end of the day, more than 9,000 Americans – Union and Confederate – had become casualties in one of the worst Union defeats of the Civil War. Five of the men who fought there would receive a Medal of Honor for their bravery. Today, this hallowed ground inspires modern Medal of Honor Recipients with the stories and history that it holds.

What Could Have Been

Please take a moment to look at the image below:

Peter Giraudeau


This artist’s rendition represents the Slaughter Pen Farm, or rather, what the Slaughter Pen Farm was destined to look like if no one stepped up to the plate to defend this vital piece of our country’s history.

Now, thanks to you, instead of seeing an airport runway, 98 townhomes, and commercial and industrial development, future generations will be able to walk across the Slaughter Pen Farm, in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought and died for what they believed in, gaining a deeper understanding of the events that unfolded there.

Please help us preserve the memory of those brave Americans who sacrificed so much by continuing to protect the Slaughter Pen Farm with your most generous gift today.

" I know that the past year brought more turbulent times and uncertainty than many of us have experienced in our lifetimes, but your continued support has reminded me that I have the privilege of working alongside some of the most dedicated and determined preservationists I could imagine.”
David N. Duncan, American Battlefield Trust President