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.
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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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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going...
05/06/2021

“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.” Ulysses S. Grant, May 6, 1864, Battle of The Wilderness

“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.” Ulysses S. Grant, May 6, 1864, Battle of The Wilderness

It’s been 157 years since the Battle of The Wilderness, and here’s a collection of videos, news, and a free e-book to ex...
05/05/2021

It’s been 157 years since the Battle of The Wilderness, and here’s a collection of videos, news, and a free e-book to explore some of the history. http://bit.ly/CVBTWilderness157

It’s been 157 years since the Battle of The Wilderness, and here’s a collection of videos, news, and a free e-book to explore some of the history. http://bit.ly/CVBTWilderness157

While Lee and Hooker battled in the wilderness around Chancellorsville, Union General Sedgwick’s successful escapades at...
05/04/2021

While Lee and Hooker battled in the wilderness around Chancellorsville, Union General Sedgwick’s successful escapades at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg prompted Lee to divide his army again, sending reinforcements to block the Union advance at Salem Church. That battle turned Sedgwick back toward the Rappahannock River and prevented him from uniting with Hooker or attacking Lee’s rear. After the fight, casualties from both sides were given medical aid within the walls of historic Salem Church. Learn more about this battle and visit the structure with us at CVBT’s annual conference in the autumn: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

While Lee and Hooker battled in the wilderness around Chancellorsville, Union General Sedgwick’s successful escapades at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg prompted Lee to divide his army again, sending reinforcements to block the Union advance at Salem Church. That battle turned Sedgwick back toward the Rappahannock River and prevented him from uniting with Hooker or attacking Lee’s rear. After the fight, casualties from both sides were given medical aid within the walls of historic Salem Church. Learn more about this battle and visit the structure with us at CVBT’s annual conference in the autumn: https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Remembering the charge of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry earlier on May 2, 1863, which later made some Confederate infantr...
05/03/2021

Remembering the charge of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry earlier on May 2, 1863, which later made some Confederate infantrymen nervous in the dark night—eventually leading to the volley of friendly fire that hit “Stonewall” Jackson. Read more about it on Page 11 in the Summer 2020 On The Front Line Magazine: http://bit.ly/CVBTSummer2020

Remembering the charge of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry earlier on May 2, 1863, which later made some Confederate infantrymen nervous in the dark night—eventually leading to the volley of friendly fire that hit “Stonewall” Jackson. Read more about it on Page 11 in the Summer 2020 On The Front Line Magazine: http://bit.ly/CVBTSummer2020

Much of the land CVBT has saved at Chancellorsville Battlefield is part of the Flank Attack ground where Confederate Gen...
05/02/2021

Much of the land CVBT has saved at Chancellorsville Battlefield is part of the Flank Attack ground where Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops surprised and battled Union troops of the XI Corps on May 2, 1863. Learn more: https://www.cvbt.org/chancellorsville

Much of the land CVBT has saved at Chancellorsville Battlefield is part of the Flank Attack ground where Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops surprised and battled Union troops of the XI Corps on May 2, 1863. Learn more: https://www.cvbt.org/chancellorsville

Fightin’ Joe Hooker invites you to follow his example and settle in around Chancellorsville this weekend. However, we th...
05/01/2021

Fightin’ Joe Hooker invites you to follow his example and settle in around Chancellorsville this weekend. However, we think you’ll have a more successful time using our virtual resources for the battle anniversary: http://bit.ly/CVBTChancellorsv158

Fightin’ Joe Hooker invites you to follow his example and settle in around Chancellorsville this weekend. However, we think you’ll have a more successful time using our virtual resources for the battle anniversary: http://bit.ly/CVBTChancellorsv158

“Rumors come & are contradicted & followed by others in such rapid succession that I know not what to believe. We talk o...
04/30/2021

“Rumors come & are contradicted & followed by others in such rapid succession that I know not what to believe. We talk of war, but we know not what it is. It has been heretofore all a myth to us.... I shudder to think the sad experiences we may have gained before another year has passed....” Helen Struan Bernard, April 21, 1861

“Rumors come & are contradicted & followed by others in such rapid succession that I know not what to believe. We talk of war, but we know not what it is. It has been heretofore all a myth to us.... I shudder to think the sad experiences we may have gained before another year has passed....” Helen Struan Bernard, April 21, 1861

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce a successful completion of fundraising $24,500 to support Ame...
04/29/2021

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce a successful completion of fundraising $24,500 to support American Battlefield Trust in the preservation of 36 acres of The Wilderness Battlefield at the site of General Battle’s Counterattack! Details here:
http://bit.ly/CVBTRaises24500ForWilderness

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce a successful completion of fundraising $24,500 to support American Battlefield Trust in the preservation of 36 acres of The Wilderness Battlefield at the site of General Battle’s Counterattack! Details here:
http://bit.ly/CVBTRaises24500ForWilderness

We can’t do it without you! At Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, we value your donations, time, and advocacy for hist...
04/28/2021

We can’t do it without you! At Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, we value your donations, time, and advocacy for historic preservation. Thank you.

We can’t do it without you! At Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, we value your donations, time, and advocacy for historic preservation. Thank you.

We hope you’ll choose to join us for our Annual Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration weekend, a special event wit...
04/26/2021

We hope you’ll choose to join us for our Annual Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration weekend, a special event with camaraderie, battlefield exploration, preservation history, and anniversary festivities. Save the date, and tickets are on sale: October 8-10, 2021.
https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

We hope you’ll choose to join us for our Annual Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration weekend, a special event with camaraderie, battlefield exploration, preservation history, and anniversary festivities. Save the date, and tickets are on sale: October 8-10, 2021.
https://www.cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

Do you have a favorite season to go battlefielding? We’re loving the spring days and the bright flowers in the fields an...
04/24/2021

Do you have a favorite season to go battlefielding? We’re loving the spring days and the bright flowers in the fields and gardens.

Do you have a favorite season to go battlefielding? We’re loving the spring days and the bright flowers in the fields and gardens.

“You marched as if on dress parade. Your fire was awfully effective. Your men did not know how to protect themselves by ...
04/23/2021

“You marched as if on dress parade. Your fire was awfully effective. Your men did not know how to protect themselves by taking advantage of the inequalities of the ground which they defended, as they afterwards doubtless learned, but they did know how to stand up and fight and die like men.” Veteran’s speech in 1901 at the memorial dedication at Harris Farm Battlefield, Spotsylvania https://www.cvbt.org/harris-farm

“You marched as if on dress parade. Your fire was awfully effective. Your men did not know how to protect themselves by taking advantage of the inequalities of the ground which they defended, as they afterwards doubtless learned, but they did know how to stand up and fight and die like men.” Veteran’s speech in 1901 at the memorial dedication at Harris Farm Battlefield, Spotsylvania https://www.cvbt.org/harris-farm

Want to get into the woods and explore some historic anniversary history? Sign up for CVBT’s newsletter! With the annive...
04/22/2021

Want to get into the woods and explore some historic anniversary history? Sign up for CVBT’s newsletter! With the anniversaries of Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House coming up in May, we’re creating some special virtual resources to take a closer look at some battle history… https://bit.ly/CVBTNewsletter

Want to get into the woods and explore some historic anniversary history? Sign up for CVBT’s newsletter! With the anniversaries of Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House coming up in May, we’re creating some special virtual resources to take a closer look at some battle history… https://bit.ly/CVBTNewsletter

“Chancellorsville, the point named as the point of concentration, is in the rear of Fredericksburg—a place no note,” cla...
04/20/2021

“Chancellorsville, the point named as the point of concentration, is in the rear of Fredericksburg—a place no note,” claimed this newspaper notice from 1863, reporting on the planned movements for the Union Army of the Potomac. We would like to suggest that Chancellorsville is now a place of note with much hallowed ground to explore and preserve… https://www.cvbt.org/chancellorsville

“Chancellorsville, the point named as the point of concentration, is in the rear of Fredericksburg—a place no note,” claimed this newspaper notice from 1863, reporting on the planned movements for the Union Army of the Potomac. We would like to suggest that Chancellorsville is now a place of note with much hallowed ground to explore and preserve… https://www.cvbt.org/chancellorsville

“The most awful feature of all is that Va [Virginia] will now be the battle ground and many of her noble sons must be sl...
04/19/2021

“The most awful feature of all is that Va [Virginia] will now be the battle ground and many of her noble sons must be slain—God preserve those of your kindred who feel it their duty to take up arms—May Heaven preserve them.” William C. Soutter (New York) to Thomas F. Knox, Jr. (Fredericksburg), April 20, 1861

“The most awful feature of all is that Va [Virginia] will now be the battle ground and many of her noble sons must be slain—God preserve those of your kindred who feel it their duty to take up arms—May Heaven preserve them.” William C. Soutter (New York) to Thomas F. Knox, Jr. (Fredericksburg), April 20, 1861

Did you know that Union troops occupied Fredericksburg in spring 1862? The advance was supposed to eventually connect wi...
04/18/2021

Did you know that Union troops occupied Fredericksburg in spring 1862? The advance was supposed to eventually connect with McClellan’s movements toward Richmond from the Peninsula, but Confederate military offensives disrupted that plan. Eventually, the town returned to Southern control, to the relief of many Confederate-supporting civilians.

Did you know that Union troops occupied Fredericksburg in spring 1862? The advance was supposed to eventually connect with McClellan’s movements toward Richmond from the Peninsula, but Confederate military offensives disrupted that plan. Eventually, the town returned to Southern control, to the relief of many Confederate-supporting civilians.

Garden Week is starting in Virginia! The beautiful gardens around historic Chatham Manor were actually created in the ea...
04/17/2021

Garden Week is starting in Virginia! The beautiful gardens around historic Chatham Manor were actually created in the early 20th Century and are part of the multi-layered history at this location which was used as a headquarters and hospital during the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. (Chatham Manor is preserved by the National Park Service.)

Garden Week is starting in Virginia! The beautiful gardens around historic Chatham Manor were actually created in the early 20th Century and are part of the multi-layered history at this location which was used as a headquarters and hospital during the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. (Chatham Manor is preserved by the National Park Service.)

President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops in April 1861 following the firing on Fort Sumter was one of the events that ...
04/16/2021

President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops in April 1861 following the firing on Fort Sumter was one of the events that pushed Virginians closer to voting to join the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the proclamation started assembling the volunteer armies on both sides.

President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops in April 1861 following the firing on Fort Sumter was one of the events that pushed Virginians closer to voting to join the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the proclamation started assembling the volunteer armies on both sides.

A solitary cannon stands at Pelham’s Corner, a tract of land preserved by Central Virginia Battlefield Trust at Frederic...
04/15/2021

A solitary cannon stands at Pelham’s Corner, a tract of land preserved by Central Virginia Battlefield Trust at Fredericksburg Battlefield. Learn more: https://www.cvbt.org/pelhams-corner

A solitary cannon stands at Pelham’s Corner, a tract of land preserved by Central Virginia Battlefield Trust at Fredericksburg Battlefield. Learn more: https://www.cvbt.org/pelhams-corner

Part of the Richmond, Virginia newspapers’ reporting on the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. News and wording like this ap...
04/13/2021

Part of the Richmond, Virginia newspapers’ reporting on the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. News and wording like this appeared in papers across the state, announcing the incident which is now recognized as the starting of the Civil War.

Part of the Richmond, Virginia newspapers’ reporting on the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. News and wording like this appeared in papers across the state, announcing the incident which is now recognized as the starting of the Civil War.

On April 12, 1861, Confederate guns opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, where a Federal gar...
04/12/2021

On April 12, 1861, Confederate guns opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, where a Federal garrison had declined to surrender that morning. The events at Fort Sumter hurried the road to war and would eventually lead to the formation of armies, including the recruitment of thousands of soldiers who would clash in Central Virginia and other regions.

On April 12, 1861, Confederate guns opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, where a Federal garrison had declined to surrender that morning. The events at Fort Sumter hurried the road to war and would eventually lead to the formation of armies, including the recruitment of thousands of soldiers who would clash in Central Virginia and other regions.

In April 1864, this newspaper reported “gigantic preparations” as the Army of the Potomac prepared for the upcoming Over...
04/11/2021

In April 1864, this newspaper reported “gigantic preparations” as the Army of the Potomac prepared for the upcoming Overland Campaign.

In April 1864, this newspaper reported “gigantic preparations” as the Army of the Potomac prepared for the upcoming Overland Campaign.

When you save battlefield land, you create an outdoor classroom where all stories of our past can be taught and explored...
04/10/2021

When you save battlefield land, you create an outdoor classroom where all stories of our past can be taught and explored. Soldiers in blue and gray, military and civilian, enslaved and freed. These young women lived near the scenes of battle at Chancellorsville and The Wilderness. https://www.cvbt.org/donate

When you save battlefield land, you create an outdoor classroom where all stories of our past can be taught and explored. Soldiers in blue and gray, military and civilian, enslaved and freed. These young women lived near the scenes of battle at Chancellorsville and The Wilderness. https://www.cvbt.org/donate

Why does Central Virginia matter in Civil War history? In just 18 months, 750,000 troops fought four major battles (Fred...
04/09/2021

Why does Central Virginia matter in Civil War history? In just 18 months, 750,000 troops fought four major battles (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House), leaving 110,000 fallen. This is hallowed ground. https://www.cvbt.org/

Why does Central Virginia matter in Civil War history? In just 18 months, 750,000 troops fought four major battles (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House), leaving 110,000 fallen. This is hallowed ground. https://www.cvbt.org/

Have you signed up for our extra history emails? The At Ease Program created by CVBT offers two feature emails per month...
04/08/2021

Have you signed up for our extra history emails? The At Ease Program created by CVBT offers two feature emails per month, taking a closer look at Civil War history in Central Virginia. Check out some of the old archive pieces and sign up today: https://www.cvbt.org/at-ease

Have you signed up for our extra history emails? The At Ease Program created by CVBT offers two feature emails per month, taking a closer look at Civil War history in Central Virginia. Check out some of the old archive pieces and sign up today: https://www.cvbt.org/at-ease

“Checking historical records, finding period battle maps, overlaying those maps with modern data and then determining th...
04/07/2021

“Checking historical records, finding period battle maps, overlaying those maps with modern data and then determining the areas we most need to protect is all part of preserving Civil War battlefields.” Tom Van Winkle, President of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

“Checking historical records, finding period battle maps, overlaying those maps with modern data and then determining the areas we most need to protect is all part of preserving Civil War battlefields.” Tom Van Winkle, President of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Company K of the 4th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry—photographed here in April 1861—fought in Virginia from 1862 th...
04/07/2021

Company K of the 4th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry—photographed here in April 1861—fought in Virginia from 1862 through the end of the Civil War. The unit battled at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust works to preserve battlefield land to remember the stories of the soldiers.

Company K of the 4th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry—photographed here in April 1861—fought in Virginia from 1862 through the end of the Civil War. The unit battled at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust works to preserve battlefield land to remember the stories of the soldiers.

It’s National Read A Map Day! And Ulysses S. Grant was photographed doing just that at Massaponax Church during the Over...
04/05/2021

It’s National Read A Map Day! And Ulysses S. Grant was photographed doing just that at Massaponax Church during the Overland Campaign in 1864.

It’s National Read A Map Day! And Ulysses S. Grant was photographed doing just that at Massaponax Church during the Overland Campaign in 1864.

Did you know that Chaplain Francis B. Hall received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Salem Church...
04/04/2021

Did you know that Chaplain Francis B. Hall received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Salem Church on May 3, 1863? His citation reads in part: “for extraordinary heroism on 3 May 1863, while serving with 16th New York Infantry, in action at Salem Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Chaplain Hall voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy fire during the thickest of the fight and carried wounded men to the rear for treatment and attendance.”

Did you know that Chaplain Francis B. Hall received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Salem Church on May 3, 1863? His citation reads in part: “for extraordinary heroism on 3 May 1863, while serving with 16th New York Infantry, in action at Salem Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Chaplain Hall voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy fire during the thickest of the fight and carried wounded men to the rear for treatment and attendance.”

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1115-A Tyler St
Fredericksburg, VA
22402

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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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