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Interior Dept. Officials Join Civil War Trust and National Park Foundation for Battlefield Preservation Announcement

(Sharpsburg, Md.) – On Wednesday, July 5, officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will join the Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation at Antietam National Battlefield for an exciting announcement about recent battlefield preservation efforts at Antietam and throughout the nation. 

The news conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. near the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center.  Joining Interior and National Park Service officials at the event will be Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer, Trust Chairman emeritus John L. Nau, III, and National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth.

The ceremony will occur rain or shine; light refreshments will be available.  Please follow the directional signs for parking locations.  A public tour of the battlefield will follow the ceremony.

WHAT:      Exciting Historic Preservation Announcement on Antietam Battlefield

WHO:        Interior Department and NPS officials, national nonprofit preservation leaders

WHEN:     Wednesday, July 5, at 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:   Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD


The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the acquisition of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 46,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states. Learn more at


The Civil War Preservation Trust became the Civil War Trust in January 2011; the Civil War Trust became a division of the American Battlefield Trust in May 2018. Campaign 1776 was created in 2014 as an initiative of the Civil War Trust; in May 2018 it became the Revolutionary War Trust, a division of the American Battlefield Trust.