The Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield recently donated $10,000 to the Civil War Trust in an effort to purchase 10 acres of land abutting the already preserved 152-acre battlefield.
“FCMB would not have been able to fulfill its commitment to battlefield preservation without the generous support of the citizens of Culpeper County and dedicated preservationists from across the state," said Diane Logan, President of Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.
The purchase price of the property, which is contiguous to the Trust’s other Cedar Mountain holdings, is $120,000.
Following the check presentation a FCMB Planning Committee and CWT personnel met to consider upgraded signage, tour routes, pathways and other battlefield improvements that will enhance the visitor’s experience.
“This addition to the preserved area of the battlefield helps us to educate students, the community and visitors about Culpeper’s rich heritage," said FCMB member Mary Jo Browning. "It reminds us all of the eternal lessons of the Civil War – freedom and justice.”
The Battle of Cedar Mountain occurred on Aug. 9, 1862, when Maj. Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia marched south into Culpeper County and confronted Confederate forces led by Maj. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Brooks at Cedar Mountain . During the fighting, which was particularly intense in the area known as Crittenden’s Gate — including the new target property — Union casualties reached 30 percent.
It was here too that Stonewall Jackson personally rallied his faltering command and led them to final victory.
The Civil War Trust has committed to protecting remaining portions of historically significant battlefields, like Cedar Mountain , as a permanent and meaningful legacy of Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. Campaign 150: Our Time, Our Legacy, one of the Trust’s most ambitious projects to date, kicked off last year, seeking to raise enough funds by 2015 to protect an additional 20,000 acres of hallowed ground. The Trust has previously worked with Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield to preserve 154 acres at this site.