The Civil War Preservation Trust
(CWPT), a group that preserves Civil War battlefields from encroaching development, did some math and announced its 2007 stats.
Last year, CWPT secured the permanent protection of 1,616 acres at 12 battlefields in five states: Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
One of those site is the Glendale battlefield (also called Frazier's Farm) in Henrico County, Va., where three Confederate divisions converged the retreating Union Army June 30, 1862.
An estimated 75 percent of Glendale's core fighting area is now preserved, at a price of $4.1 million. CWPT works by purchasing acreage or conservation easements (legally enforceable preservation agreements with landowners).
CWPT's 2007 totals pushed it past the 25,000 milestone: Over two decades, the group has protected 25,289 acres of battlefields at 99 sites in 18 states
On tap so far for 2008: Passage of the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program
, which reauthorizes government funding for matching grants to preserve Civil War battlefields.