October 5, 2013
The Civil War Trust (CWT) has been doing a fantastic job of keeping many Civil War sites preserved despite all the development that is going on all over the country. When my husband and I traveled from California to visit CW battlefields in the East, we sometimes came across signs that said that the land had been acquired by the Civil War Trust Foundation (which is CWT's former name) --- for example, the battlefield of Brandy Station and the White Oak Road battlefield, both in Virginia. We don't see those signs at other Civil War battlefield parks even though CWT was involved in the acquisition of the land, because, as I learned during the trip, the CWT's goal is to turn over acquired land to the National Park Service. So CWT is very much like people who do all the heavy-lifting behind the scenes, hidden from the audiences --- not for acclaim but out of their passion for history! Still, the signs made me proud as a contributor! Also, the CWT's e-newsletters are terrific and full of interesting and latest information.
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