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CWPT Buys 318 Acres At Glendale Battlefield; $4.1 Million Is Needed

Deborah Fitts

(July 2007) WASHINGTON, D.C. - A total of 318 acres, comprising the core of the Glendale battlefield, has been saved by the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) for a purchase price of $4.1 million.

"This is going to be our Slaughter Pen Farm of 2007," said Trust spokesman Jim Campi, referring to CWPT's $12 million campaign launched last year to preserve a crucial portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield.

At Glendale, or Frayser's Farm, the Trust closed in March and April on four properties, fronting the Darbytown, Long Bridge and Willis Church roads. The land also surrounds the Glendale National Cemetery on Willis Church Road, which holds the remains of 1,200 Union soldiers.

"Now it needs to be paid for," said Campi. He noted that while CWPT had preserved 39 acres at Glendale in late 2005, little of the core battlefield was protected. He called the newly acquired land "immensely historic ground - site of some of the most intense close-quarters combat of the entire war."

He added that the purchase represents "a remarkable turnaround at a site where, until recently, there wasn't much for visitors to visit."

Glendale, June 30, 1862, was the fifth of the Seven Days Battles on the Virginia Peninsula.

Richmond National Battlefield Park historian Robert E. Lee Krick said the purchase "defies comparison. Less than two years ago every single acre of the battlefield's heart remained vulnerable in an area booming with development. Now the core battlefield area has been protected forever."

The tracts lie just north of another 750 acres at Malvern Hill that the Trust helped to preserve. All the land is within the park boundaries, and the Glendale properties will eventually be handed over to the park, Campi said.

He noted that the preservation effort had become "something of a family affair." The 39-acre purchase in 2005 was from landowner Timothy Clark Donely. Donely then introduced the preservation notion to his uncle, Leonard Morrow, who owned 96 acres on Long Bridge Road.

This introduced the Trust to Morrow's neighbors, Gloria Warriner-Penrose and John Warriner IV, a brother and sister who together owned 220 acres on the Willis Church Road and surrounding the national cemetery.

Already $400,000 has been identified for the purchase, according to Campi, to come from Virginia's new Civil War Historic Site Preservation Fund. He said CWPT will also likely approach the National Park Service and is "aggressively" seeking funding from a wide array of sources. "But most of it will come from our members."

Campi said a fundraising letter will probably go out to CWPT's 70,000 members sometime in July.

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