Civil War Trust Aims at 285 Acres at Gaines’ Mill

Yesterday Civil War Trust announced a campaign to acquire 285 acres of ground on the Gaines’ Mill battlefield.   The tract of land is the ground over which General James Longstreets’ division attacked on June 27, 1862.  This is a huge, important section of ground.  And due to the location within the booming greater Richmond metro-area, those acres are pricy.  The price is…

$3.2 million total, but with $1 million in grants anticipated from the Commonwealth of Virginia, plus another $1 million already committed from other donors in our capital campaign, we need to raise the final $1.2 million to save this land! Every dollar you give will be multiplied by $2.67!

So the need is $1.2 million and the deadline is July 15, 2012.  The acquisition would quadruple the currently preserved Gaines’ Mill battlefield.  If added, this tract complements smaller sections preserved by Civil War Trust and the Richmond Battlefields Association in recent years.

Thus far in the sesquicentennial, preservationists have been able to trumpet several major victories, thanks to organizations like Civil War Trust.  Although the Gaines’ Mill effort has a tall price tag, such a victory would continue the momentum.

Check out the Civil War Trust page for more details on the acreage and the effort.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

2 thoughts on “Civil War Trust Aims at 285 Acres at Gaines’ Mill

  1. Thank you Craig for highlighting our new campaign at Gaines’ Mill. Having recently walked this portion of the battlefield I can tell you that this 285 acres is in 1862 shape – almost without modern blemish. But as you point out fast moving development forces are all around Gaines’ Mill. Just look at a Google Earth image and you can see the suburban developments encroaching all around. As such we all need to move fast. This is a battlefield that can be saved.

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