The Fight to Preserve Civil War Sites

The Forgotten: The Contraband of America and the Road to Freedom

One of the great under-told stories of the Civil War is that of the approximately half a million formerly enslaved people and other African American freedmen who sought protection behind Union lines. These "contraband," as they became known, usually lived in camps hastily erected almost anywhere the army was stationed. Faint traces of this chapter of history have recently been rediscovered and contraband-related sites preserved, in many cases by the descendants of African Americans who lived in the camps. Learn more »

Gettysburg Casino Denied More

On April 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted 6-1 to award a gaming license to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Pittsburgh, and not to Gettysburg businessman David LeVan, who wanted to build a casino a half-mile south of Gettysburg National Military Park. This is the second time LeVan's proposal for a casino in Gettysburg has been denied. In 2005, preservationists and residents led a grassroots effort to defeat a similar proposal. Learn more »

Walmart Withdraws More

Walmart recently announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter at a location within the boundaries of Wilderness Battlefield — the site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. The company instead plans to work with the local community in Orange County, Virginia, to identify an alternative site for development in the County. Learn more »

Civil War Battlefield Saves More

Important Saves ThumbnailWhile the Wilderness and Gettysburg have been at the top of our Civil War preservation agenda recently, they're far from the first sites where the National Trust has lent a helping hand. Learn more »

The Slave Cabin Project More

Slave Cabin Project ThumbnailDuring the summer of 2010, Joseph McGill, Jr., a program officer in our Southern Office, documented his experiences spending nights in slave cabins throughout the state of South Carolina. Learn more »