Fredericksburg, VA (12-06-2016) – Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite is pleased to announce the sale of a 355 acre parcel to the Civil War Trust (CWT) for $1.75 million. Tony Sala and Charlotte Rouse with Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite represented the seller, Southern Dorchester, LLC, in the sale of the parcel which is located off Orange Plank Road in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
The Civil War Trust purchased the property, which is associated with the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville and the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness, to safeguard it from any future development. Most notably the property was involved in “Jackson’s Flank Attack” On May 2, 1863, where Gen. Stonewall Jackson, with 30,000 Confederates, attacked the exposed Union right flank and stunned the 11th Corps, threatening Maj. Gen Joseph Hooker’s entire army.
“These crucial acres will physically connect and help complete the story of two of America’s most important battles,” said Trust President James Lighthizer. “The land will serve as a bridge through history and enhance the visitor experience at both battlefields.”
Funding for the purchase was provided by grants from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, foundation grants, a generous contribution from the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust, and major gifts from several Trust donors. The remaining funds, totaling $350,000, were raised from Trust members during a fundraising campaign announced in April 2016.
With this additional land, the Trust has now helped save over 1,100 acres at these two battlefields (Chancellorsville & Wilderness) including the acquisition of approximately 479 acres in 2015, of which 435 acres were donated by Silver Companies. To date the Civil War Trust has preserved over 23,000 acres in Virginia, and a total of over 43,000 acres in 23 states.
The Civil War Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved over 44,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states.