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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Thank you for helping to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and for preserving their battlefields so that every gen...
12/30/2021

Thank you for helping to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and for preserving their battlefields so that every generation can stand where history happened.

Thank you for helping to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and for preserving their battlefields so that every generation can stand where history happened.

Thank you for being part of the bright moments this year with Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. We are looking forwar...
12/29/2021

Thank you for being part of the bright moments this year with Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. We are looking forward to saving more hallowed ground in the coming twelve months.

Thank you for being part of the bright moments this year with Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. We are looking forward to saving more hallowed ground in the coming twelve months.

Have you signed up for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s newsletters? Keep up with all the news on the preservation ...
12/27/2021

Have you signed up for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s newsletters? Keep up with all the news on the preservation front at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewsletter

Have you signed up for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s newsletters? Keep up with all the news on the preservation front at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewsletter

Did you know that Civil War soldiers had elaborate snowball fights during the winter months in Central Virginia? Check o...
12/26/2021

Did you know that Civil War soldiers had elaborate snowball fights during the winter months in Central Virginia? Check out this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/VtaIJfzFzPw

Did you know that Civil War soldiers had elaborate snowball fights during the winter months in Central Virginia? Check out this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/VtaIJfzFzPw

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! We hope you enjoy these simple, natural gifts from the historic ...
12/25/2021

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! We hope you enjoy these simple, natural gifts from the historic greenspace that you help to save in Central Virginia.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! We hope you enjoy these simple, natural gifts from the historic greenspace that you help to save in Central Virginia.

Thinking about a gift for that history buff on your holiday list? Perhaps a donation to save some historic dirt and gras...
12/17/2021

Thinking about a gift for that history buff on your holiday list? Perhaps a donation to save some historic dirt and grass might be just the thing? https://www.cvbt.org/donate

Thinking about a gift for that history buff on your holiday list? Perhaps a donation to save some historic dirt and grass might be just the thing? https://www.cvbt.org/donate

Home for the holidays...Civil War style?
12/16/2021

Home for the holidays...Civil War style?

Home for the holidays...Civil War style?

“Dear Mother, the fearful battle of Fredericksburg is over. The slaughter is terrible. The result isdisastrous. Until we...
12/14/2021

“Dear Mother, the fearful battle of Fredericksburg is over. The slaughter is terrible. The result is
disastrous. Until we have good generals, it is useless to fight battles. Our real loss is far greater than reported in the newspaper.” Henry Hastings Curran, 146th New York Infantry

“Dear Mother, the fearful battle of Fredericksburg is over. The slaughter is terrible. The result is
disastrous. Until we have good generals, it is useless to fight battles. Our real loss is far greater than reported in the newspaper.” Henry Hastings Curran, 146th New York Infantry

“It is well that war is so terrible- we should grow too fond of it.” General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Frederic...
12/13/2021

“It is well that war is so terrible- we should grow too fond of it.” General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862

“It is well that war is so terrible- we should grow too fond of it.” General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862

On the eve of the Battle of Fredericksburg, Clara Barton penned a letter reflecting on the coming fight: https://youtu.b...
12/11/2021

On the eve of the Battle of Fredericksburg, Clara Barton penned a letter reflecting on the coming fight: https://youtu.be/bjNt1UcUffM

On the eve of the Battle of Fredericksburg, Clara Barton penned a letter reflecting on the coming fight: https://youtu.be/bjNt1UcUffM

Home ruins at Spotsylvania Battlefield are more visible during the winter months. Near this site, Confederate General Ro...
12/10/2021

Home ruins at Spotsylvania Battlefield are more visible during the winter months. Near this site, Confederate General Robert E. Lee rallied his troops after the Federal breakthrough at the Mule Shoe Salient on May 12, 1864.

Home ruins at Spotsylvania Battlefield are more visible during the winter months. Near this site, Confederate General Robert E. Lee rallied his troops after the Federal breakthrough at the Mule Shoe Salient on May 12, 1864.

Do you have a favorite season to explore Civil War battlefields? Although it’s chilly, winter has advantages since the l...
12/09/2021

Do you have a favorite season to explore Civil War battlefields? Although it’s chilly, winter has advantages since the leaves are down, making earthworks and other lands’ features easier to see.

Do you have a favorite season to explore Civil War battlefields? Although it’s chilly, winter has advantages since the leaves are down, making earthworks and other lands’ features easier to see.

But yet the boats moved onward;  Through fire and lead they droveWith the dark, still mass within them,  And the floatin...
12/06/2021

But yet the boats moved onward;
Through fire and lead they drove
With the dark, still mass within them,
And the floating stars above...

Cheer after cheer we sent them,
As only armies can,--
Cheers for old Massachusetts,
Cheers for young Michigan!

They formed in lines of battle;
Not a man was out of place.
Then with levelled steel they hurled them
Straight in the rebels' face.

(Excerpt from “The Crossing at Fredericksburg” by G.H. Boker)

But yet the boats moved onward;
Through fire and lead they drove
With the dark, still mass within them,
And the floating stars above...

Cheer after cheer we sent them,
As only armies can,--
Cheers for old Massachusetts,
Cheers for young Michigan!

They formed in lines of battle;
Not a man was out of place.
Then with levelled steel they hurled them
Straight in the rebels' face.

(Excerpt from “The Crossing at Fredericksburg” by G.H. Boker)

159 years ago Union troops waited on the north side of the Rappahannock River with cannons aiming toward the town of Fre...
12/03/2021

159 years ago Union troops waited on the north side of the Rappahannock River with cannons aiming toward the town of Fredericksburg, a community soon to be caught in the crossfire of opposing armies. Learn more about historic, downtown Fredericksburg here: https://bit.ly/CVBTDowntownFredericksburg

159 years ago Union troops waited on the north side of the Rappahannock River with cannons aiming toward the town of Fredericksburg, a community soon to be caught in the crossfire of opposing armies. Learn more about historic, downtown Fredericksburg here: https://bit.ly/CVBTDowntownFredericksburg

Thank you for supporting #GivingTuesday and helping to preserve Civil War battlefields in Central Virginia. Donations, v...
12/02/2021

Thank you for supporting #GivingTuesday and helping to preserve Civil War battlefields in Central Virginia. Donations, volunteering, and even sharing social media posts make a difference as we partner to save places where history happened.

Thank you for supporting #GivingTuesday and helping to preserve Civil War battlefields in Central Virginia. Donations, volunteering, and even sharing social media posts make a difference as we partner to save places where history happened.

There’s still time! Help us preserve and interpret this line of historic earthworks and greenspace at Myer’s Hill Battle...
12/01/2021

There’s still time! Help us preserve and interpret this line of historic earthworks and greenspace at Myer’s Hill Battlefield: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

There’s still time! Help us preserve and interpret this line of historic earthworks and greenspace at Myer’s Hill Battlefield: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Thank you for your support of battlefield preservation and historic interpretation on this #GivingTuesday
11/30/2021

Thank you for your support of battlefield preservation and historic interpretation on this #GivingTuesday

Thank you for your support of battlefield preservation and historic interpretation on this #GivingTuesday

The 96th Pennsylvania Infantry’s officers posed with cannon for their photograph, probably in the early months of their ...
11/30/2021

The 96th Pennsylvania Infantry’s officers posed with cannon for their photograph, probably in the early months of their service. The regiment fought at the Battle of Myer’s Hill on May 14, 1864, across land that we’ve been able to preserve! Will you help us raise $5,000 on this #GivingTuesday to tell their story? https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

The 96th Pennsylvania Infantry’s officers posed with cannon for their photograph, probably in the early months of their service. The regiment fought at the Battle of Myer’s Hill on May 14, 1864, across land that we’ve been able to preserve! Will you help us raise $5,000 on this #GivingTuesday to tell their story? https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

What do you love? History? Community greenspace? Walking trails? That’s exactly what we’re fundraising to create: https:...
11/30/2021

What do you love? History? Community greenspace? Walking trails? That’s exactly what we’re fundraising to create: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021 #GivingTuesday

What do you love? History? Community greenspace? Walking trails? That’s exactly what we’re fundraising to create: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021 #GivingTuesday

“We are driving them beautifully,” exclaimed Union Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of...
11/30/2021

“We are driving them beautifully,” exclaimed Union Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of The Wilderness. Learn more the history of this exceptional tract of donated battleground and help raise $5,000 to aid in the interpretation of this hallowed ground: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021 #GivingTuesday

“We are driving them beautifully,” exclaimed Union Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of The Wilderness. Learn more the history of this exceptional tract of donated battleground and help raise $5,000 to aid in the interpretation of this hallowed ground: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021 #GivingTuesday

Good morning, early birds! Will you help us raise $5,000 today to place historic interpretation signs at this newly acqu...
11/30/2021

Good morning, early birds! Will you help us raise $5,000 today to place historic interpretation signs at this newly acquired tract of land at Myer’s Hill Battlefield? https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Good morning, early birds! Will you help us raise $5,000 today to place historic interpretation signs at this newly acquired tract of land at Myer’s Hill Battlefield? https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Get a head-start! Learn about the land gifts and fundraising for Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s #GivingTuesday htt...
11/29/2021

Get a head-start! Learn about the land gifts and fundraising for Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s #GivingTuesday https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Get a head-start! Learn about the land gifts and fundraising for Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s #GivingTuesday https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Can we raise $5,000 on #GivingTuesday to help with fees and historic interpretation at the two recently DONATED properti...
11/27/2021

Can we raise $5,000 on #GivingTuesday to help with fees and historic interpretation at the two recently DONATED properties at The Wilderness and Myer’s Hill? Learn more about these million dollar gifts here: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Can we raise $5,000 on #GivingTuesday to help with fees and historic interpretation at the two recently DONATED properties at The Wilderness and Myer’s Hill? Learn more about these million dollar gifts here: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewLand2021

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We are grateful for all the ways you make a difference, saving places where histor...
11/25/2021

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We are grateful for all the ways you make a difference, saving places where history happened in Central Virginia.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We are grateful for all the ways you make a difference, saving places where history happened in Central Virginia.

One week until #GivingTuesday. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to participate in this global day of givin...
11/23/2021

One week until #GivingTuesday. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to participate in this global day of giving. As we work to preserve Civil War battlefields, we are giving historic greenspace back to our local community and creating outdoor classrooms where every generation can learn stories of courage and leadership.

One week until #GivingTuesday. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to participate in this global day of giving. As we work to preserve Civil War battlefields, we are giving historic greenspace back to our local community and creating outdoor classrooms where every generation can learn stories of courage and leadership.

“That we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion…” Abraham Lincoln...
11/19/2021

“That we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion…” Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

“That we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion…” Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

Check out this poetry written by a Confederate soldier from Spotsylvania Court House: https://youtu.be/AVX-RcGrhxE (Phot...
11/18/2021

Check out this poetry written by a Confederate soldier from Spotsylvania Court House: https://youtu.be/AVX-RcGrhxE
(Photograph of an unidentified soldier)

Check out this poetry written by a Confederate soldier from Spotsylvania Court House: https://youtu.be/AVX-RcGrhxE
(Photograph of an unidentified soldier)

Hour after hour, his weary eyes Had marked the torrent dart and gleam;Had seen the shadows rise and float And vanish dow...
11/17/2021

Hour after hour, his weary eyes
Had marked the torrent dart and gleam;
Had seen the shadows rise and float
And vanish down the falling stream.
The moon peered thro' the leaves and watched,
With curious glance the lonely man!
And still he saw the shadows toss
Upon the rushing Rapidan.
(Excerpt from “The Rapidan” by Kate Putnam)

Hour after hour, his weary eyes
Had marked the torrent dart and gleam;
Had seen the shadows rise and float
And vanish down the falling stream.
The moon peered thro' the leaves and watched,
With curious glance the lonely man!
And still he saw the shadows toss
Upon the rushing Rapidan.
(Excerpt from “The Rapidan” by Kate Putnam)

What stories will be preserved and discovered through the preservation of Civil War battlefields? Learn about CVBT’s new...
11/15/2021

What stories will be preserved and discovered through the preservation of Civil War battlefields? Learn about CVBT’s newest land save: https://www.cvbt.org/beckham-tract

What stories will be preserved and discovered through the preservation of Civil War battlefields? Learn about CVBT’s newest land save: https://www.cvbt.org/beckham-tract

Check out this primary source video from the CVBT archives, examining some soldiers’ accounts of battles at Fredericksbu...
11/14/2021

Check out this primary source video from the CVBT archives, examining some soldiers’ accounts of battles at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Court House: https://youtu.be/lmBpPtiaJrs

Check out this primary source video from the CVBT archives, examining some soldiers’ accounts of battles at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Court House: https://youtu.be/lmBpPtiaJrs

Saving Civil War battlefields helps to preserve the stories of the soldiers in blue and gray and their sacrifice in a tu...
11/13/2021

Saving Civil War battlefields helps to preserve the stories of the soldiers in blue and gray and their sacrifice in a turning-point chapter of U.S. History. To date, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has preserved nearly 1,500 acres of hallowed ground. https://www.cvbt.org/

Saving Civil War battlefields helps to preserve the stories of the soldiers in blue and gray and their sacrifice in a turning-point chapter of U.S. History. To date, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has preserved nearly 1,500 acres of hallowed ground. https://www.cvbt.org/

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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

Telephone

(540) 374-0900

Website

www.cvbt.org

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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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Thank you for helping to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and for preserving their battlefields so that every generation can stand where history happened.
Thank you for being part of the bright moments this year with Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. We are looking forward to saving more hallowed ground in the coming twelve months.
Have you signed up for Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s newsletters? Keep up with all the news on the preservation front at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House: https://bit.ly/CVBTNewsletter
Did you know that Civil War soldiers had elaborate snowball fights during the winter months in Central Virginia? Check out this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/VtaIJfzFzPw
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! We hope you enjoy these simple, natural gifts from the historic greenspace that you help to save in Central Virginia.
Here’s a Civil War Christmas video: https://youtu.be/3q5DsI9K3F8
Curious about Civil War winter camps in Central Virginia? Here are a few resources: https://bit.ly/CVBTAtEaseWinter
Thinking about a gift for that history buff on your holiday list? Perhaps a donation to save some historic dirt and grass might be just the thing? https://www.cvbt.org/donate
Home for the holidays...Civil War style?
“Dear Mother, the fearful battle of Fredericksburg is over. The slaughter is terrible. The result is disastrous. Until we have good generals, it is useless to fight battles. Our real loss is far greater than reported in the newspaper.” Henry Hastings Curran, 146th New York Infantry
“It is well that war is so terrible- we should grow too fond of it.” General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862
On the eve of the Battle of Fredericksburg, Clara Barton penned a letter reflecting on the coming fight: https://youtu.be/bjNt1UcUffM