Tis the season to look back at the past season. And the Civil War Trust has a lot to be proud of. From a press release posted to their website:
Twenty five years after the beginning of the modern Civil War preservation movement, the Civil War Trust has completed the most successful year in its history, permanently protecting 3,735 acres of hallowed ground in 2012. Cumulatively, the group and its predecessor organizations have now helped saved in excess of 35,700 acres at 120 historic sites in 20 states.
“I am confident that 2012 will long be remembered as one of the greatest years in the history of the modern battlefield preservation movement,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “The ongoing commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial and our own silver anniversary proved to be a powerful combination, allowing us to leave a meaningful and permanent legacy of this profound period in American history.”
In 2012, the organization closed 39 separate transactions at 26 individual battlefields in eight states. The battlefields where land was preserved in 2012 are: Resaca, Ga.; Mill Springs, Perryville and Rowlett’s Station, Ky.; Mansfield, La.; Averasborough and Bentonville, N.C.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Fallen Timbers, Franklin, Johnsonville and Shiloh, Tenn.; Appomattox Court House, Cedar Creek, Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville, Cool Spring, Cross Keys, Gaines’ Mill, Kelly’s Ford, Middleburg, Mine Run, Petersburg, Tom’s Brook and the Wilderness, Va.; and Summit Point, W.Va. ….
The release singles out actions taken to preserve ground at Cedar Creek, Gaines Mill, Mill Springs, Cedar Mountain, and Perryville. The Trust also transferred important tracts of preserved battlefield to the National Parks at Shiloh and Fort Donelson. This year the Trust expanded the “Battle Apps” lineup, and reached a total of 100,000 downloads. The Trust also expanded interpretive trails at several sites.
And outside the battlefield stuff, the Trust continues to stand up well as a quality non-profit organization deserving our support:
In July, its membership magazine Hallowed Ground earned top honors for outstanding quality through the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, receiving its fourth-consecutive Grand Award — one of only 100 bestowed out of nearly than 3,400 entries in the international contest. The organization also continued to earn accolades for its sound fiscal management and commitment to top-notch donor relations, receiving a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations, and earning accreditation from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.
Looking towards 2013, there are several ongoing efforts worth your attention. Would be something to top 4,000 acres by next December.