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Media Advisory: Virginia Preservation Leaders Join Civil War Trust For Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Brandy Station Battlefield

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(Culpeper, Va.) - On Monday, October 26, Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer will join with Virginia preservation leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open recently restored Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield.  Restoration efforts include removal of non-historic structures and installation of an interpretive walking trail.  The Battle of Brandy Station, fought June 9, 1863, was the largest cavalry battle in American history, and the opening struggle of the Gettysburg campaign.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Fleetwood Hill. Joining Lighthizer at the event will be Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Bill Howell, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and Culpeper Director of Tourism and Economic Development Paige Read. The site of the event is located at 20362 Fleetwood Heights Road, Brandy Station, Va.

Following remarks, attendees will have an opportunity to tour battlefield properties recently preserved by the Trust. Refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Brandy Station Battlefield

WHO: Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Bill Howell; Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and Civil War Trust officials

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Fleetwood Hill, 20362 Fleetwood Heights Rd., Brandy Station, Va.

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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 almost 41,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including nearly 2,000 acres at Brandy Station. 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.