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 2014 Begins Our Eighteenth Year Saving Hallowed Ground!

Over 1060 Acres of Hallowed Ground Saved to Date

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Thirty Acres of Civil War Battlefield Land are Destroyed Every Day!

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Updated! 4-2014

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CVBT Youth Community Service Day

May17, 9AM -3 PM

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CVBT Awarded Two Grants

On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the latest round of grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia Civil War Preservation Fund.

CVBT received two grants: $77,000 for a 9.2 acre tract on Jackson’s Flank Attack during the Battle of Chancellorsville and $700,000 to assist the Civil War Trust in a 56 acre acquisition of Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield.

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CVBT Installs Cannon at Pelham's Corner

“If ever a site cried out for a cannon to interpret and commemorate battlefield initiative and bravery, Pelham’s Corner is the one!  Not only is a cannon essential to the story, it is one of the most impelling magnets to attract the curious to engage the site and learn the story. "  NPS Historian  Frank O'Reilly

 We received a grant of $6,000 from the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region. CVBT received $9,900 from The Blue & Gray Education Society, one of the premier Civil War education organizations. And lastly one of CVBT’s members and stalwart supporters, James W. Davis, donated $3,300 to CVBT for the cannon. We may incur some small incidental expenses but these will be covered by funds remaining from the landscape project, which was also an earmarked donation.

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CVBT Acquirers 81 Acres at Wilderness Tavern

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jacksons Amputation Site

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Map of New Acquisition

CVBT acquires 'flank' parcel  12/2/2012

Another piece of the puzzle that is Spotsylvania County's Chancellorsville battlefield just fell into place.

The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has signed a contract to buy 10 acres on the south side of State Route 3, the first land preserved there from Wilderness Church east to the National Park Service visitor center. The tract is just to the east of 85 acres known as the Wagner Tract, north of Route 3, that Virginia and the Civil War Trust purchased for $2.1 million in 2009. It includes the site of the Union army's Buschbeck Line.

The land, on the wartime Orange Turnpike, figured in the fighting when Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's troops burst out of the Wilderness against the Federal right flank on May 2, 1863........Click Here for Full Story.


CVBT Completes $1 Million Pledge to CWT

At the June conference of the CWT held in Richmond, members of the CVBT board of directors presented a $100,000.00 check to the CWT denoting the last installment of CVBT's pledge of $1 Million towards the purchase of the Slaughter Pen Farm in Fredericksburg. "It's taken us over six years to fulfill our pledge, but CVBT always keeps its promises" stated Dr. Mike Stevens President of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust.

CVBT Board members from left of CWT President James Lighthizer. Ex. Director Jerry Brent, CVBT VP Harriett Condon, Director of Lands Management Mike Greenfield and Communications Director Tom Van Winkle.

CVBT President Dr. Mike Stevens addresses the large CWT group and explains the importance of this large donation and CVBT's continued commitment to saving our Civil War battlefields in Central Virginia.

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The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) has just closed on the purchase of 13 acres that were part of Stonewall Jackson's famed flank attack at Chancellorsville!.....CVBT Board Member Robert K. Krick has called this acquisition: "a spectacular preservation achievement--the most important CVBT accomplishment in many years.  Click here for Full Story

Civil War News November Preservation Article Small Group, Large Impact

Virginia land trust, property owner strike deal to save Civil War site next to national park . - Like a jeweler stringing another pearl onto a fine necklace, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has added a new property to its collection of Fredericksburg-area hallowed ground.... Click here for Full Story

The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) has acquired approximately 93 acres of historic ground on the Wilderness battlefield.  CVBT has moved to protect nearby terrain in Spotsylvania County..... Click here for Full Story

Pennsylvania Round Table Donates $53,000.00 to CVBT: The Civil War Round Table of Eastern Pennsylvania announced it has designated a departed member’s bequest to be donated to help save three of Virginia’s endangered battlefields.                              Click Here for Full Story

Author Donates Proceeds from New Book to CVBT: Author Johnnie Perry Pearson will donate all the proceeds from his new book "Lee and Jacksons Bloody Twelfth". The book contains the story and letters of Irby Goodwin Scott, First Lieutenant, Company G, Putnam Light Infantry, Twelfth Georgia Volunteer Infantry. This is a fascinating story......Click Here for Full Story





"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, men whose bond to cause and comrade and country was so strong that they were willing to die rather than to deny it."


Subdivisions, parking lots, massive store fronts are being constructed and forever erasing the historic battlefields and dampening the stories of those who fought and helped mold our nation. Over 750,000 died in America’s Civil War and we at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust are dedicated to protecting the memories and stories of those brave souls by saving the hallowed grounds upon which they gave so much.







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The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce its annual meeting which will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of The Wilderness. On Friday, May 2, 2014 noted author and historian Gordon Rhea will join us to discuss the battle. Several of Gordon’s books will be available for sale in the banquet hall, and he will be happy to inscribe them. Gordon will be conducting a tour on May 2 and 3, for the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB). Details about the tour, which is not a CVBT event, can be seen at: when they become available.

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New Volume 12-2013 Available!

The CVBT is proud to offer, for sale, our popular annual journals, Fredericksburg History and Biography.

Beginning with our now highly sought after premier volume one, published in 2002, we have continued to attract knowledgeable authors whose research explores a range of interests related to the Fredericksburg area. These editions will make a valuable addition to your library and at the same time help fund our cause,  "Preservation of Virginia's Civil War Battlefields".

Donors who give $135 or more during 2013 will receive the new Volume 12 edition of CVBT’s popular journal, Fredericksburg History and Biography. Please consider a year-end donation to ensure you qualify.



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Purchase your Civil War Books, or any other items through the above CVBT/Amazon link and from 4% to 15% of your purchase amount will be given to CVBT for battlefield preservation. 


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Just in time for the 150th!

CVBT and the Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table Announce New Video Project to Benefit Preservation   Proceeds to be Given to CVBT!!

Civil War: Fredericksburg

"Then and Now"


"Not since Ron Maxwell's "Gods and Generals" or Ken Burns' PBS "The Civil War" series has there been such hub-ub over a film featuring Fredericksburg"        Clint Schemmer -The Free Lance Star    

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150TH Battle of Fredericksburg

"Fire on the Rappahannock"

Portion of Proceeds Donated to CVBT

 Commemorative DVD



We at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust realize the immense responsibility that is entrusted in those of us who are aware that time is quickly running out to save these battlefields. We must protect these grounds for future generations so they may walk the fields, hear the stories of those who fought and  learn the importance of saving our history.

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