Virginia Officials Join Civil War Trust, National Park Service For Major Historic Preservation Announcement

MECHANICSVILLE, Va., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 19, 2012, officials from the Civil War Trust, National Park Service and the Commonwealth of Virginia will gather on the Gaines' Mill Battlefield to celebrate the completion of the largest ever preservation project related to the Battle of Gaines' Mill.  Thanks to a major grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia, this public-private partnership will preserve 285 acres associated with the bloodiest of the Seven Days' Battles during the summer of 1862.

The news conference will be held at the historic Watt House at the Gaines' Mill unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Joining Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer at the news conference will be Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Delegate Chris Peace and Richmond National Battlefield Superintendent Dave Ruth, as well as other state and local officials and preservation advocates.

Following the news conference, National Park Service historians will lead a tour of the newly preserved property.  Participants are asked to dress appropriately for an outdoor walking tour.

WHAT:  News conference celebrating completion of a landmark historic preservation initiative at the Gaines' Mill Battlefield

WHO:  Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Virginia Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Delegate Chris Peace, Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer and Richmond National Battlefield Superintendent Dave Ruth, as well as other officials and preservation advocates

WHEN:  November 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Watt House at Richmond National Battlefield Park, 6283 Watt House Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 34,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust's website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

SOURCE Civil War Trust



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