Gettysburg –First Lady Susan Corbett today
joined the Civil War Trust in announcing a campaign to preserve one of
Gettysburg’s most important sites. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg
headquarters played a significant role in the Battle of Gettysburg.
house on Seminary Ridge has never received formal protection as an historic
site. It is currently surrounded by commercial development. The Civil War
Trust, the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the
United States, plans to permanently protect the 4-acre site, which saw intense
fighting on July 1, 1863.
Independence Hall to Gettysburg and the Flight 93 memorial, the Pennsylvania
landscape bears witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American
history,” said Governor Tom Corbett. “It is an honor for me to be here as we
announce a campaign to ensure that another chapter in that story remains
available to our children and grandchildren.”
purchase, preserve and restore the site, the Trust launched a campaign to raise
$5.5 million. A large portion has already been raised, but $1.1 million is
still needed by the end of 2014.
currently operates out of the house that served as Gen. Lee’s headquarters. In
the years following the Civil War, modern structures were built on the land
next to the headquarters, including a hotel and a restaurant.
businesses will continue to operate until the sale is complete in early 2015.
Work will then begin to restore the area to its wartime landscape, including
the eventual razing of the modern structures.
like this — where we have the opportunity to save sites of indisputable
significance to the outcome of the Civil War and, with it, the shaping of our
nation — are exactly why the Civil War Trust exists,” remarked organization
president James Lighthizer. “Ambitious efforts like the purchase of Lee’s
Headquarters will be among the most permanent and meaningful legacies of the sesquicentennial
and rehabilitating the Gettysburg Battlefield is critically important,” said
First Lady and Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commissioner Susan Corbett.
“It ensures the hallowed ground is preserved for generations to come and it
will serve as a visual reminder of what Union and Confederate soldiers saw and
lived through on those difficult days 151-years ago today.”
will eventually turn the site over the National Park Service once the
preservation work is complete.
information contact the Civil War Trust at 202-558-8971 or visit www.pa.gov