The Civil War Trust met its $3.2 million fundraising goal to save 285 acres of the Gaines Mill battlefield. This is great news given that according to their website: Nearly 20 percent of America’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed — denied forever to future generations. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks. There is only one National organization working to save all these battlefields: The Civil War Trust.
Gaines’ Mill is where one of my 2nd great grandmother’s brothers, Uzal Trowbridge, was killed in some of the war’s fiercest fighting, on June 27, 1862. This blog contains as much information as I have about him as well as some of the letters he sent home to his nieces and nephews (my great grandfather William Woodruff and his siblings) during his time of service. (For more on Uzal, you can click on the Trowbridge link in the categories column.) To learn more about Gaines Mill, click here.
The Trust is currently seeking help to save:
- 69 acres at the Glendale, Malvern Hill, and First Deep Bottom battlefields near Richmond, Virginia.
- 112 acres of the “forgotten flanks” of the Gettysburg Battlefield.
- Fleetwood Hill, the key portion of the Brandy Station battlefield. This June 9, 1863 battle in Culpeper County, Virginia, marks the opening of the Gettysburg campaign.
- Slaughter Farm at Fredericksburg, where 5,000 men fell in one bloody afternoon.