Preservation, Historic Sites, & Artifacts
The Harrisburg CWRT’s founders were ardent preservationists and avid collectors of Civil War artifacts. They were charter members of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. Approximately 20% of the current Gettysburg National Military Park was purchased through their dedicated fundraising efforts. Preservation remains an important part of our mission. The Harrisburg CWRT adopted the monument dedicated to Brevetted Major General John White Geary on Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg. Funds were provided for the monument’s refurbishment and an endowment was established for its future maintenance and upkeep. We also sponsored the official dedication of this monument on August 11, 2007.
Over the years, the Harrisburg CWRT has continued the good work of our founders by supporting the following preservation projects:
- We donated to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust, which has been honored as one of the most successful Civil War preservation organizations in the country. The Trust recently made purchases in the immediate area of the Chancellorsville National Battlefield Park, and are currently working to save other threatened areas.
- We donated to the Willow Grove Cemetery Memorial Fund. The Soldiers Memorial at Linglestown has 39 names of Union Soldiers who were killed or died in service. These men lived in East Hanover, West Hanover, Susquehanna Township, and Paxtang Borough. Restoration of this monument has been a community effort.
- We donated to the Brandy Station Foundation. This foundation, after having a successful campaign to save threatened areas in the vicinity of the Saint James Church area, is working to preserve threatened areas of Fleetwood Hill, where the climatic clash of cavalry occurred in the afternoon.
- We donated to the Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Round Table. Donations from the raffle of two Jenkins’ bronzes were used to help fund the General Albert Galatin Jenkins Monument at the farthest north Confederate brigade headquarters in the Gettysburg Campaign.
- We donated to the Johnson Island Project near Sandusky, Ohio, to help preserve the Union prison camp that housed Confederate officers and to support archeological work.
- We donated to the Antietam National Battlefield West Woods Restoration Project. Currently there are ongoing efforts to restore the four major woodlots that played important roles here.
- We donated additional funds to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust to be allocated to save as much of the doomed May 1st Chancellorsville Battlefield as possible. This battlefield is threatened by development and construction and is rapidly disappearing.
- We donated to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust to be allocated to save areas of the Chancellorsville Battlefield under extreme threat. Round Table members who participated in a Field trip to Chancellorsville learned that the May 1st battlefield where Sykes’ Regular Army Division fought troops under Stonewall Jackson on Jackson’s next to last day of battlefield command is under immediate threat of development and some portions will almost certainly be lost.
- We donated to the Civil War Preservation Trust to save parcels of land at the Spottsylvania Mule Shoe.
- We donated to the Civil War Preservation Trust to save a tract of land comprising a key portion of Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield at Harpers Ferry. This property is outside the current boundary of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. This area is where the Confederate soldiers under Stonewall Jackson deployed to defeat the Union positions on Bolivar Heights.
- We donated to the Seminary Ridge Historical Foundation in Gettysburg to preserve the historic buildings of the Seminary property and to establish a 15-point walking path to interpret the history of the Seminary grounds.
- We donated to the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association for the Lady Farm along Hanover Pike east of town. Repairs to the building and an archeological dig are just some of the projects there. Numerous interesting artifacts have been recovered.
- We donated to the Civil War Preservation Trust to preserve land at Hatcher’s Run, located southwest of Petersburg. During the Siege of Petersburg, Union and Confederate Forces engaged at Hatcher’s Run on February 5, 1865.
- We donated to the Civil War Preservation Trust to help purchase 56 acres of the Brandy Station battlefield around Fleetwood Hill. The property, which includes the site of J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters, will unite two previously preserved tracts.
- We donated to the preservation Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg.
- We also donated to additional preservation efforts at Antietam, Burkittsville, and North Anna.