Battlefield Restoration Project Briefing March 2019
Here are the battlefield restoration projects that require the most urgent action, along with their estimated costs. All these projects are on tracts of land currently preserved and owned by the American Battlefield Trust and need to be completed in 2019.
Stabilize circa 1838 upland farm house where Gen. Joseph Hooker formed the Union First Corps attack that drove Gen. D.H. Hill’s Confederates from Turner’s Gap. Stabilization of structure will allow the Trust to transfer this 65-acre property to the State of Maryland.
Demolish four modern structures and public pool on a former campground. This site contains the original stone bridge abutments of the Valley Pike bridge over Cedar Creek which witnessed the retreat of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s army. Structures must be removed prior to transfer to the National Park Service.
Battlefield restoration efforts return the hallowed ground to its wartime appearance and integrity. The Trust undertakes several of these projects every year, and they can cost tens of thousands of dollars each, but they are necessary to ensure that these battlefields – these outdoor classrooms – are safe and inspirational for visitors. Please help us continue this vital restoration work today!
I was taken aback by the great work that has been done in Gettysburg over the past several years. I walked the grounds of Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters and felt like I was back in the 1860s. The work that’s been done there is magnificent. I just wanted to thank you for what you do, and look forward to supporting the Trust in the days & years to come.
Joe Monaghan, Charlotte, North Carolina
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