Civil War Trust

Rating: 4.97 stars   487 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment


1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20005 USA


Our Mission: Preservation of America's Civil War battlefields by protecting the land and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation's history.


Over 41,000 acres saved to date!

Target demographics:

all Americans

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The mission of the Civil War Trust: The preservation of America’s significant Civil War battlefields by protecting the land, and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation’s history. The Civil War Trust is the only national charitable organization in the country working to preserve historic land where the Civil War was fought. The Civil War Trust and its predecessor organizations have been saving land since 1987; in total we have saved over 41,000 acres of land. In addition to saving hallowed ground, we also believe that there is a great need to educate the public about the importance of the Civil War. We are dedicated to interpreting the War and its significant battles, and do so for teachers, students, and the public through technological resources and innovative methods such as our state-of-the-art website and Battle Apps®.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the APCWS in the late 1980's, just as the Civil War battlefield preservation movement was taking shape in the United States. After the APCWS and Civil War Trust merged several years later, I was happy to see the great changes in the group, particularly in their power to successfully join forces with local, state, and federal governments as well as localized non-profits trying to save battlefield land. That's what has made the Civil War Trust more successful than any other not-for-profit battlefield preservation group in U.S. history. If one's money is earmarked to save green space, which our ever-growing population needs, why not place one's money in green space that is associated to a battlefield? It's a two-for-one return on one's investment --- saving nature AND our collective history, in one shot.

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The Civil War Trust has proven active and expert at ferreting out and preserving as parkland parcels and tracts of historic battlefields before they are gobbled by housing developments and shopping malls. A most worthy endeavor in my view.

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Honey Springs Battlefield (Oklahoma, formerly Muscogee [Creek] Nation) was site of the largest of 107 "hostile encounters" in the Indian Territory, where the 1st Kansas (Colored) Infantry defeated three veteran Texas regiments on 17 July 1863. The core of the battlefield was preserved from development simply because the Civil War Trust stepped up and gave a one-third match (the other two thirds from private donations and through the Department of the Interior). Without the Trust's leadership and organization, the preservation of the battlefield would have been impossible.
Several years later, the Trust stepped up and saved the Cabin Creek Battlefield from private development by purchasing the site of the 2nd Battle (19 September 1864) . . . which prompted the owner of the site of the 1st Battle (3-4 July 1863) to sell his land to the Trust (at a fraction of its value)!
Finally, by its own action, the Trust purchased another five acres of the core of Honey Springs (the Federal command area and site of the principal Federal artillery during the initial attack). Without the work of the Civil War Trust, these principal battlefield sites in Oklahoma would have been lost. [Because of inappropriate actions of the Honey Springs Commission in the early 1980s, the Legislature prohibited spending state funds to acquire battlefield land.]

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first exposure to the Civil War Trust was when I joined the organization and began receiving the magazine. It was incredibly both for the content of the articles and the format of the presentation. My first annual conference that I attended was in 2010 at Lexington, KY. They tours and historic talks that they present are informative, interesting, and each is a memory to be prized. Through it I have met friends and look forward each year to connecting with them again and adding others to my acquaintances. Five stars are not enough to express the appreciation that I have for the organization.

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Require that the current staff never retire!

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The Civil War Trust is the best organization I have ever joined. I became interested in civil war history by touring battlefields in the 1990's. I have been a member of the trust since about the time it was formed and I have attended all but a few of the annual meetings. I have never been not pleased with an annual meeting of the CWT. Everything from the tours, the historians, the logistics, the professionalism of the staff, the interesting conversations with members and staff, the accommodations, and the esprit of everyone connected with the trust has been and I know will continue to be superior. I have learned more about the Civil War in the years I have been a member due to what I stated above. I shall continue to support this organization to the best of my abilities and shall make time available to attend the annual meetings. This organization for me represents what is best about the United States because of the hard work of the staff, the superior quality of the staff, and the manner in which they serve the members.

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