Media Advisory: Civil War Trust to Announce Preservation Achievements at Vicksburg Battlefield

(Vicksburg, Miss.) – On Thursday, November 5, the Civil War Trust will join with other conservation leaders near Vicksburg National Military Park (NMP) to announce recent preservation achievements on the historic battleground. The siege at Vicksburg, May-July 1863, helped earn the Union the Mississippi River and effectively split the Confederacy in half.

The news conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. on land which had been zoned for commercial development and was also threatened by highway expansion, but was saved by the Trust and the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign. Speakers will include Vicksburg NMP Superintendent Bill Justice, Friends of Vicksburg Executive Director Bess Mitchell Averett, Trust Chairman emeritus John Nau and Trust President James Lighthizer. 

Parking will be available at the Vicksburg Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served throughout the morning. The ceremony will occur rain or shine.

WHAT:    Battlefield Preservation Announcement at Vicksburg Battlefield

WHO:     Friends of Vicksburg and Civil War Trust officials

WHEN:    Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 a.m. CT

WHERE:    Park at Vicksburg Church of Christ, 3333 N. Frontage Rd., Vicksburg, MS

Please email to RSVP to this event.

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 more than 41,000 acres of battlefield land in 21 states, including nearly 3,500 acres in Mississippi.


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.