Brandy Station Foundation Co-Founder Awarded

My good friend Clark “Bud” Hall received the Ralph A. Happel Award from the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (CVBT). See more at, and over on Eric’s blog.

The award is in recognition of Hall’s long efforts in the advancement of battlefield preservation.  Over the last fifteen years, only six have received the award, placing Hall alongside some esteemed and select company.  CVBT’s incoming president Mike Stevens cited Hall as, “the savior of the Brandy Station battlefield.”  In addition co-founding the Brandy Station Foundation, Hall also formed the Chantilly Battlefield Association and the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (which later became part of the Civil War Trust).

I can think of no other individual more deserving of this award.  In my work with Bud on preservation and marker-related projects, I’ve found him both inspirational and practical in the approach to solutions.  He’s always looking for options and never conceding where there is still a chance.  “Keep fighting the good fight,” he says often, explaining, “we have to speak for the battlefield and those who cannot.”

So let’s move forward with that “good fight.”