CW Trust Seeks Funds For Cedar Mtn. Acreage
(September 2012 Civil War News)
CULPEPER, Va. — The Civil War Trust and Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield recently announced a fundraising campaign to preserve six acres of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.
The campaign was revealed during 150th anniversary commemorations of the Aug. 9, 1862, battle between U.S. Maj. Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia and Confederate forces led by Maj. Gens. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Nathaniel Brooks.
The Trust previously worked with the Friends to preserve 154 acres at this site. The new tract, which is contiguous to the Trust’s other Cedar Mountain holdings, will cost $120,000.
The Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield have pledged the first $10,000 contribution. The Trust anticipates needing to raise an additional $24,000 after applying matching funds from the Virginia Civil War Sites Preservation Fund and the commonwealth’s transportation enhancement grant program.
Friends president Diane Logan said the property that will be preserved is “at the very heart” of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. “Its protection will materially enhance our ability to understand and interpret the engagement for visitors,” she said.
During the fighting, which was particularly intense in the area known as Crittenden’s Gate — including the new target property — Union casualties reached 30 percent. It was here that Stonewall Jackson personally rallied his faltering command and led them to final victory.
In addition to working with the Civil War Trust on land acquisition efforts, the Friends group has planted more than 2,000 trees to recreate historic forest property. It also restored a portion of the old Orange-Culpeper Road and installed period-appropriate fencing, placed signage to help identify the battlefield and pursued programs for wildlife habitat management and enhancement.
To learn more about the Friends go to www.friendsofcedarmountain.org.
To donate or learn more about the Civil War Trust fundraising campaign go to www.civilwar.org/cedarmountain12.