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Media Advisory: Civil War Trust and Preservation Advocates to Unveil General Lee's Headquarters Site at Gettysburg

(Gettysburg, Pa.) – On Friday, October 28, the Civil War Trust and other historic preservation organizations will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally unveil the restored Lee’s Headquarters site at Gettysburg. 

For more than a year, the Trust has been working diligently to rehabilitate the Lee’s Headquarters building (also known as the Mary Thompson House), restore the landscape to its Civil War appearance, and install a new interpretive trail on the property.  In addition to serving as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s command center during the Battle of Gettysburg, the site was also the scene of combat during fighting on July 1, 1863.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Speakers will include Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer, Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed Clark, Gettysburg Seminary President Reverend Michael Cooper-White, Gettysburg Foundation Chairman Robert Kinsley, and Journey Through Hallowed Ground President William Sellers.

Parking will be provided by the Gettysburg Seminary.  Please park only in areas designated by a Civil War Trust parking sign. A map is available at Light refreshments will be available.

WHAT:    Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Gen. Robert E. Lee's Headquarters

WHO:     Civil War Trust and other historic preservation organizations

WHEN:    Friday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:    Mary Thompson House, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg, PA

The Civil War Trust is America’s premier nonprofit battlefield preservation organization.  Although primarily focused on the protection 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 over 43,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states, including nearly 1,000 acres at Gettysburg battlefield.  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.