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Civil War battlefield preservation groups are working to come up with money to buy a farm where the Battle of Fredericksburg once raged.
Local preservationists have pledged $1 million toward the $12 million purchase price for the Pierson farm on Tidewater Trail, which was known as Slaughter Pen during the 1862 battle.
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He said that the amount pledged by the local group is probably unprecedented for a group of its size.
Stevens said CVBT has pledged an initial payment of $100,000 by June 10, if it's needed. The group will give another $400,000 during the summer, and the balance afterward.
Both land trusts feature the property in their latest newsletters, are working on fundraising appeal letters, and taking prospective donors to the site.
Since its founding in 1996, the nonprofit CVBT has acquired 484 acres on all four of the Fredericksburg area's battlefields--Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.
Campi said that is in addition to several other sources of financing.
CWPT will borrow much of the money to pay at closing and use donations and grants to pay off that debt.
Up to $2 million could be available from the federal Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program, he said, and Virginia lawmakers have pledged money for a Civil War Sites Preservation Fund, some of which could be used for this purchase.
In addition, CWPT could apply for funds available under the Virginia Land Conservation Fund.
The Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, with its carnage at Marye's Heights, is etched in the nation's collective memory. But the rest of the story played out farther south on and around Slaughter Pen, where Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's 2nd Corps battled Union Gen. William Franklin's Left Grand Division.
Of the 9,000 men killed or wounded on the southern end of the Battle of Fredericksburg, some 5,000 met their fate on the farm. Five Union soldiers earned the Medal of Honor on its undulating corn-stubble fields, ditches and valleys, which alternately protected and exposed both sides during a day of fighting.
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