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17 March 2011
  Civil War Trust Has New Campaign to Save More of Gettysburg
02/24/2011

A note from Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust:
"Ten different color bearers from the 26th North Carolina, including their "boy colonel", Henry Burgwyn had been killed or grievously wounded holding aloft the regiment's colors.

Despite suffering enormous casualties in their fight with the 24th Michigan and the rest of the Iron Brigade, Lt. Col. J.R. Lane lifted the flag once more and yelled, "twenty-sixth, follow me!" The fight for the Herbst Woods proved to be the bloodiest regimental fight in the Civil War's bloodiest battle. The 26th North Carolina and the 24th Michigan each suffered more than 73% casualties at Gettysburg and each suffered more casualties than any other regiments in their respective armies.

Now we have the opportunity to save the very ground on which the Iron Brigade and the 26th North Carolina trod during their epic struggle on July 1, 1863. Having the chance to finally save this long sought-over section of the First Day battlefield, along with the 9-acre Josiah Benner House property makes this one of the most exciting preservation campaigns we’ve ever pursued.

Gettysburg 2011 Preservation Campaign
Acres: 104 acres
Total Cost: $2,005,000
Civil War Trust Fundraising Goal: $70,000
Match: $29 to $1
Match Sources: National Park Service, Large Donor

So if we can raise $70,000, we will help save $2.05 million worth - 104 acres - of irreplaceable Gettysburg battlefield land. What a way to kick off the Sesquicentennial, and what a legacy!

I know that’s a lot of money in these still-uncertain times; and certainly I don’t want to become over-confident. But that is a fantastic $29-to-$1 return on your donation dollar!

Lastly, if you can send a gift of at least $30 in the next 30 days, it will be my honor to send to you as a thank you gift, our new Civil War Trust cap, embroidered with our updated logo."

Very sincerely yours,

Jim Lighthizer
President, Civil War Trust


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