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Civil War Trust raises $3.2 million toward 285 acres at Gaines’ Mill

Just in, over the transom — from an email sent out by Civil War Trust:

Thank You for Your Support

Civil War Trust Reaches its Fundraising Goal for 285 Acres at Gaines’ Mill

Late last year, the Civil War Trust announced an ambitious $3.2 million national campaign to preserve 285 pristine acres of the Gaines’ Mill battlefield — one of the most important and endangered Civil War sites anywhere. We are now able to announce that the Trust has reached its private-sector fundraising goal. We now await word on the final step in this process — the announcement of federal and state matching grants necessary to complete this exciting preservation effort.

Prior to this campaign, the National Park Service had been able to save roughly 60 acres at Gaines’ Mill – a small fraction of a battlefield where Robert E. Lee achieved his first victory as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. Thanks to your generosity, we will soon be able to add this historic 285 acre tract where James Longstreet’s Confederates struck the Union left to the list of saved battlefield properties. For that we are most grateful.