Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust "By preserving the hallowed ground of a Civil War battlefield we don’t just preserve land; we also preserve the memories and the meaning, the sacrifices and the stories, of the men who fought and fell there.

In late 1996, a group of concerned citizens in the Fredericksburg Virginia area decided it was time to stand up to the senseless destruction of our heritage and to form a historic lands trust. The nonprofit 501c3 Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) was established.

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“All that day we watched the fruitless charges, with their fearful slaughter, until we were sick at heart…. I forgot the...
09/14/2021

“All that day we watched the fruitless charges, with their fearful slaughter, until we were sick at heart…. I forgot they were enemies and only remembered that they were men, and it is hard to see...brave men die.” Private Alexander Hunter, 17th Virginia Infantry
Learn more about the fighting at the Sunken Road and Willis Hill on tour with Frank O’Reilly during the CVBT Conference on October 8-10, 2021. Weekend tickets available: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

“All that day we watched the fruitless charges, with their fearful slaughter, until we were sick at heart…. I forgot they were enemies and only remembered that they were men, and it is hard to see...brave men die.” Private Alexander Hunter, 17th Virginia Infantry
Learn more about the fighting at the Sunken Road and Willis Hill on tour with Frank O’Reilly during the CVBT Conference on October 8-10, 2021. Weekend tickets available: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

How about Sunday Brunch? Join us for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s Conference on the weekend of October 8-10, 20...
09/12/2021

How about Sunday Brunch? Join us for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s Conference on the weekend of October 8-10, 2021, and we’ll be having brunch at Stevenson Ridge near Spotsylvania Court House. Keynote speaker A. Wilson Greene will join us at brunch with an inspiring presentation! Weekend tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

How about Sunday Brunch? Join us for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s Conference on the weekend of October 8-10, 2021, and we’ll be having brunch at Stevenson Ridge near Spotsylvania Court House. Keynote speaker A. Wilson Greene will join us at brunch with an inspiring presentation! Weekend tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Salem Church—sometimes called a “lost battlefield"—saw serious fighting during the Chancellorsville Campaign in May 1863...
09/10/2021

Salem Church—sometimes called a “lost battlefield"—saw serious fighting during the Chancellorsville Campaign in May 1863. Come learn about this battle with tour guide Kris White and how the development on the battlefield helped to spark the local preservation movement, including Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s formation in 1996. https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Salem Church—sometimes called a “lost battlefield"—saw serious fighting during the Chancellorsville Campaign in May 1863. Come learn about this battle with tour guide Kris White and how the development on the battlefield helped to spark the local preservation movement, including Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s formation in 1996. https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Kris White from American Battlefield Trust will be leading a tour of Salem Church and its “lost battlefield” at CVBT’s A...
09/07/2021

Kris White from American Battlefield Trust will be leading a tour of Salem Church and its “lost battlefield” at CVBT’s Annual Conference. Learn more about this lesser-known fight during the Chancellorsville Campaign as Kris guides us through the history. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Kris White from American Battlefield Trust will be leading a tour of Salem Church and its “lost battlefield” at CVBT’s Annual Conference. Learn more about this lesser-known fight during the Chancellorsville Campaign as Kris guides us through the history. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Outdoors. Autumn. Social Distanced. Battlefield Tours. BBQ at sunset. Brunch at a historic event site. We’re planning a ...
09/05/2021

Outdoors. Autumn. Social Distanced. Battlefield Tours. BBQ at sunset. Brunch at a historic event site. We’re planning a history conference with health guidelines in-mind, and we hope you’ll check out the details and consider attending! https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Outdoors. Autumn. Social Distanced. Battlefield Tours. BBQ at sunset. Brunch at a historic event site. We’re planning a history conference with health guidelines in-mind, and we hope you’ll check out the details and consider attending! https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

A. Wilson Green will be the keynote speaker at CVBT’s annual conference! Take a look at the event outline (it’s social d...
09/04/2021

A. Wilson Green will be the keynote speaker at CVBT’s annual conference! Take a look at the event outline (it’s social distanced and mostly outdoors) and consider joining us for an autumn weekend of history and battlefield preservation on October 8-10, 2021. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

A. Wilson Green will be the keynote speaker at CVBT’s annual conference! Take a look at the event outline (it’s social distanced and mostly outdoors) and consider joining us for an autumn weekend of history and battlefield preservation on October 8-10, 2021. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To be good stewards of hallowed ground and to safeguard the stories of courage and ...
09/03/2021

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To be good stewards of hallowed ground and to safeguard the stories of courage and sacrifice embedded in this historic greenspace. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To be good stewards of hallowed ground and to safeguard the stories of courage and sacrifice embedded in this historic greenspace. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021

Another reason to preserve Civil War battlefields... To study the land and find the stories of what happened here throug...
09/02/2021

Another reason to preserve Civil War battlefields... To study the land and find the stories of what happened here through a careful walk or an archaeological study.

Another reason to preserve Civil War battlefields... To study the land and find the stories of what happened here through a careful walk or an archaeological study.

We’ve been sharing some of the lesser-known and unique benefits of preserving hallowed over the last few days. https://b...
09/01/2021

We’ve been sharing some of the lesser-known and unique benefits of preserving hallowed over the last few days. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021 Now it’s your turn! Why do you help to preserve Civil War battlefields?

We’ve been sharing some of the lesser-known and unique benefits of preserving hallowed over the last few days. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021 Now it’s your turn! Why do you help to preserve Civil War battlefields?

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To protect our community’s natural resources and waterways. Check out all the histo...
08/30/2021

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To protect our community’s natural resources and waterways. Check out all the historic and unique reasons on our new infograph: https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021
(Photograph overlooks Wilderness Run which flows into the Rapidan River and into the Chesapeake Bay)

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To protect our community’s natural resources and waterways. Check out all the historic and unique reasons on our new infograph: https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021
(Photograph overlooks Wilderness Run which flows into the Rapidan River and into the Chesapeake Bay)

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To ensure that every generation has a place and opportunity to explore all the stor...
08/27/2021

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To ensure that every generation has a place and opportunity to explore all the stories of courage from our nation’s past. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021

Why preserve Civil War battlefields? To ensure that every generation has a place and opportunity to explore all the stories of courage from our nation’s past. https://bit.ly/CVBTInfograph2021

This historic map has a lesser recognized orientation as it shows earthworks and troops during the Battle of Spotsylvani...
08/25/2021

This historic map has a lesser recognized orientation as it shows earthworks and troops during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The most infamous part of the battlefield —the Mule Shoe Salient— is in the middle/right of the map. And, yes, the distances and locations are not all correct...that's the fun part with old maps!

This historic map has a lesser recognized orientation as it shows earthworks and troops during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The most infamous part of the battlefield —the Mule Shoe Salient— is in the middle/right of the map. And, yes, the distances and locations are not all correct...that's the fun part with old maps!

This unique map is surrounded by Union officers who fought in Virginia. Recognize any familiar faces?
08/24/2021

This unique map is surrounded by Union officers who fought in Virginia. Recognize any familiar faces?

This unique map is surrounded by Union officers who fought in Virginia. Recognize any familiar faces?

A Civil War era sketch of the Battle of Chancellorsville sketched by Robert Knox Sneden.
08/21/2021

A Civil War era sketch of the Battle of Chancellorsville sketched by Robert Knox Sneden.

A Civil War era sketch of the Battle of Chancellorsville sketched by Robert Knox Sneden.

“Where are we going?” Since we’ve been posting historic maps this week, here’s a sketch of “Lost Horsemen” trying to fig...
08/20/2021

“Where are we going?” Since we’ve been posting historic maps this week, here’s a sketch of “Lost Horsemen” trying to figure out where they are on their map. Often, the quality and details of the maps could make a difference for Civil War armies!

“Where are we going?” Since we’ve been posting historic maps this week, here’s a sketch of “Lost Horsemen” trying to figure out where they are on their map. Often, the quality and details of the maps could make a difference for Civil War armies!

This map shows Kelly’s Ford along the Rappahannock River. Learn more about river fords and their importance in military ...
08/19/2021

This map shows Kelly’s Ford along the Rappahannock River. Learn more about river fords and their importance in military campaigns: https://bit.ly/AtEaseRiverFords

This map shows Kelly’s Ford along the Rappahannock River. Learn more about river fords and their importance in military campaigns: https://bit.ly/AtEaseRiverFords

Have you seen our FREE e-book about the Second Battle of Fredericksburg? Just enter your email and you can download it i...
08/18/2021

Have you seen our FREE e-book about the Second Battle of Fredericksburg? Just enter your email and you can download it immediately: https://bit.ly/2FredericksburgForm

Have you seen our FREE e-book about the Second Battle of Fredericksburg? Just enter your email and you can download it immediately: https://bit.ly/2FredericksburgForm

A historic map from the American Civil War era. To learn more about Central Virginia in the early part of 1861, check ou...
08/17/2021

A historic map from the American Civil War era. To learn more about Central Virginia in the early part of 1861, check out this link:
https://bit.ly/CVBTVA1861

A historic map from the American Civil War era. To learn more about Central Virginia in the early part of 1861, check out this link:
https://bit.ly/CVBTVA1861

Can you find Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court house on this historic map?
08/13/2021

Can you find Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court house on this historic map?

Can you find Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court house on this historic map?

Special events have been a memorable part of Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s past 25 years, and for this special an...
08/11/2021

Special events have been a memorable part of Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s past 25 years, and for this special anniversary we are excited to continue the tradition. Our annual conference is on the schedule for October 8-10, 2021 and tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Special events have been a memorable part of Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s past 25 years, and for this special anniversary we are excited to continue the tradition. Our annual conference is on the schedule for October 8-10, 2021 and tickets are on sale now: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Over the past 25 years, Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s publications have changed from a newsletter to a full magaz...
08/10/2021

Over the past 25 years, Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s publications have changed from a newsletter to a full magazine, published twice per year for our Preservation Partners! You can view some of the past editions of both publications here: https://www.cvbt.org/newsletter-archives

Over the past 25 years, Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s publications have changed from a newsletter to a full magazine, published twice per year for our Preservation Partners! You can view some of the past editions of both publications here: https://www.cvbt.org/newsletter-archives

A throwback photo from some of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s earliest preservation efforts at Chancellorsville. ...
08/08/2021

A throwback photo from some of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s earliest preservation efforts at Chancellorsville. Robert Lee Hodge (right) helped to organize a living history event and march to raise funds to save the Talley Farm Tract. https://www.cvbt.org/talley-farm

A throwback photo from some of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s earliest preservation efforts at Chancellorsville. Robert Lee Hodge (right) helped to organize a living history event and march to raise funds to save the Talley Farm Tract. https://www.cvbt.org/talley-farm

How long have you supported (or followed) Central Virginia Battlefields Trust? Whether it’s been a long while or a short...
08/07/2021

How long have you supported (or followed) Central Virginia Battlefields Trust? Whether it’s been a long while or a short time, thank you for being part of our past 25 years of saving places where history happened. Here’s to the next 25 years and new lands projects on the horizon!

How long have you supported (or followed) Central Virginia Battlefields Trust? Whether it’s been a long while or a short time, thank you for being part of our past 25 years of saving places where history happened. Here’s to the next 25 years and new lands projects on the horizon!

This newspaper headline announced preservation work at Grant’s Knoll at The Wilderness Battlefield in 2001. Through a ge...
08/06/2021

This newspaper headline announced preservation work at Grant’s Knoll at The Wilderness Battlefield in 2001. Through a generous arrangement with the Silver Companies a total of 12 acres were preserved at this location and are now part of the National Park Service and accessible at Tour Stop 1 on The Wilderness driving tour. https://www.cvbt.org/grants-knoll

This newspaper headline announced preservation work at Grant’s Knoll at The Wilderness Battlefield in 2001. Through a generous arrangement with the Silver Companies a total of 12 acres were preserved at this location and are now part of the National Park Service and accessible at Tour Stop 1 on The Wilderness driving tour. https://www.cvbt.org/grants-knoll

Well...there is some truth in the cartoon... (It’s a classic favorite in the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s archi...
08/05/2021

Well...there is some truth in the cartoon... (It’s a classic favorite in the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s archive file.)

Well...there is some truth in the cartoon... (It’s a classic favorite in the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s archive file.)

Enos Richardson and Jim Pates walked on Willis Hill with reporters in the early days of the Central Virginia Battlefield...
08/04/2021

Enos Richardson and Jim Pates walked on Willis Hill with reporters in the early days of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. These board members had been involved with helping to save Willis Hill at Fredericksburg Battlefield and were instrumental in other early preservation projects! https://www.cvbt.org/willis-hill

Enos Richardson and Jim Pates walked on Willis Hill with reporters in the early days of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. These board members had been involved with helping to save Willis Hill at Fredericksburg Battlefield and were instrumental in other early preservation projects! https://www.cvbt.org/willis-hill

This year Central Virginia Battlefields Trust celebrates 25 years of saving hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancello...
08/03/2021

This year Central Virginia Battlefields Trust celebrates 25 years of saving hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. We are so thankful for your support and interest in battlefield preservation and hope you’ll continue to join us for the continuing future of “saving dirt and grass.”

This year Central Virginia Battlefields Trust celebrates 25 years of saving hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. We are so thankful for your support and interest in battlefield preservation and hope you’ll continue to join us for the continuing future of “saving dirt and grass.”

Do you have a favorite artillery unit from the Civil War?
08/01/2021

Do you have a favorite artillery unit from the Civil War?

Do you have a favorite artillery unit from the Civil War?

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1115-A Tyler St
Fredericksburg, VA
22402

General information

Membership based organization. To join go to www.cvbt.org

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(540) 374-0900

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Everyday, Civil War battleground is lost. We save it!

Since 1996 CVBT has been purchasing historic land and advocating for battlefield preservation, cooperating with local government and partnering with developers and citizens to accomplish the mission.

CVBT focuses on the land associated with the campaigns and battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. During the American Civil War, the central Virginia region saw thousands of troops, four major battles ranking in the top ten costly in U.S. History, and thousands of casualties.

If you are interested in American history, stories of courage, and preserving turning point sites, join us in the campaign to save battleground and use this green space to teach stories of courage.

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