A Message from President Jim Lighthizer

Dear Fellow Preservationist,

Think back to the first time you stood on a Civil War battlefield. Was it pristine enough that you were able to easily picture the troops as they moved across the landscape?

Fast forward 100 years from now. What will that battlefield look like? If your grandchildren visit that land where you first stood will they be able to understand the events that occurred there as you did? Or will the land be covered with a housing subdivision or strip mall?

I imagine that you agree with me that we need to preserve Civil War battlefield land now so that future generations can visit this land as we have been able to. I urge you to consider including the Civil War Trust in your estate plans so that you can make battlefield preservation a part of your legacy.

While estate planning may seem complicated, I promise you that simply adding a codicil to your will, or changing your beneficiary on your retirement plan can be easier than you think. Please take a few minutes to explore our legacy giving page of our website to get started.

Please let us know if you would consider leaving a legacy gift to the Civil War Trust in your estate. We’d love to know this and assist you as you make your plans.


Jim Lighthizer
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Jim Lighthizer

P.S. Let us know that you have included the Civil War Trust in your estate plans by sending us the declaration of intent or by contacting Alice Mullis in our planned giving office at amullis@civilwar.org or 202-367-1861 ext. 7219.