Effort underway to preserve Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg headquarters

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Jul 1, 2014 11:20 AM

Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

(Gettysburg) -- A national preservation group has kicked off a $5.5 million fundraising effort to preserve Confederate General Robert E. Lee's headquarters during the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

On the 151st anniversary of the start of the 1863 clash, the Civil War Trust officially launched the campaign to purchase, restore and preserve the four-acre property on Seminary Ridge.

"Projects 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,” says Trust President James Lighthizer. “Ambitious efforts like the purchase of Lee’s Headquarters will be among the most permanent and meaningful legacies of the sesquicentennial commemoration.”

The nonprofit has already landed a considerable portion of the money, but hopes to receive a $1.5 million grant from the National Park Service.

It says it must also raise the remaining $1.1 million by the end of the year.

“From Independence Hall to Gettysburg and the Flight 93 memorial, the Pennsylvania landscape bears witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American history,”  Governor Corbett says. “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.”


Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

A museum currently operates out of the house that served as 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.

The goal is to demolish all modern structures and then turn the property over to the National Park Service to be incorporated into the Gettysburg National Military Park.  

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