Civil War Battlefield Conservation

Civil War cannon

Civil War cannon. Photo by Tim Alford/

There are a total of 384 principal Civil War battlefields, designated by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission back in 1993.  The condition of these battlefields is alarming: more than 220 of them are not protected. Of the 162 that have protection, some are large enough to honor the soldiers and to enable visitors to understand the battle—others are too small or fragmented.

The successes in battlefield preservation today are the result of efforts by both the private and public sectors. The Fund has been able to protect land at 83 battlefields in 14 states.  Many of these projects have been made possible through our Civil War Battlefield Campaign. This campaign enables us to work in partnerships to protect land, provide comprehensive information on the 384 principal Civil War battlefields and to honor those that fought and died in the war.

Face Of This Place: Frances Kennedy Frances-Kennedy_FOTP_(c)_RobinMurphy_390x260

What was your first introduction to our national lands?  My first visit to a national park was as a child to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking there continued to be a great pleasure over the years, especially while my… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus On Gettysburg Gettysburg Battlefield

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus on Antietam Bloody Lane, Antietam

Known as the bloodiest single day battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 over 12 square-miles. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing during the battle. Since our founding,… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Alabama Civil War cannon

Day’s Gap Battlefield Day’s Gap Battlefield, site of a critical Civil War battle in Morgan and Cullman counties, Alabama, remains much as it was 150 years ago and still holds significant natural value in addition to historic importance.  The Fund… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Arkansas arkansas-civil-war-cannon-prairie-grove-battlefield-j-stephen-conn-flickr-390x260

United States forces commanded by Brigadier General James G. Blunt and Brigadier General Francis J. Herron defeated Major General Thomas C. Hindman’s Confederates on December 7, 1862. This victory enabled the Federals to retain control of northwest Arkansas and southwest… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Georgia Marker at Rocky Face Ridge Civil War Battlefield

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Kentucky View of Perryville Battlefield

The Fund was part of a partnership that worked to protect key lands at the center of the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky. On October 8, 1862, the Widow Gibson Farm at Perryville was the site of a massive Confederate assault that… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Maryland Harpers Ferry

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Mississippi VIcksburg National MIlitary Park

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Missouri Civil War cannon

Pilot Knob Missouri’s vital role in the Civil War peaked in the late summer of 1864. Each side needed decisive victories before the United States presidential election in November. General Sterling Price led 12,000 Confederates into Missouri, where in late… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: New Mexico Glorieta Pass

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: North Carolina Harper House

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Tennessee Cannon at Shiloh Battlefield

Franklin In partnership with the Franklin and Williamson County Heritage Foundation, the Fund protected nearly 60 acres on Roper’s Knob, the beautiful wooded hill that was a signal station during the war. Shiloh On April 6, 1862, General Albert Sidney… Read More

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The Conservation Fund has helped protect a dozen Civil War battlefields across the state of Virginia. Beaver Dam Creek We protected 236 acres in the Chickahominy River watershed including part of the Federal line during the second of the Seven Days battles… Read More


Reggie Hall
Reggie Hall Arlington, VA
(703) 525-6300

As Director of the Fund’s Land Conservation Loan Program, Reggie Hall works with land trusts, nonprofits, community partners and government leaders nationwide to save special places outdoors. When not saving land, Reggie is experiencing it—often on a bike, in running shoes, or otherwise suited up for adventure. He has a JD from Vermont Law School and a BA from Williams College.