The Old Museum at Manassas
Giving History a Fighting Chance
The costly Stuart's Hill controversy spurred a movement to save battlefield lands through public-private partnerships. At a special program at Manassas National Battlefield Park in 1990, the Secretary of the Interior, Manuel Lujan, Jr. unveiled the American Battlefield Protection Program and the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission "to give history a fighting chance."
Secretary of the Interior, Manuel Lujuan, Jr.
- The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission would identify and assess those Civil War sites of historical significance. Those most threatened would be assisted through a cooperation between the federal government and the private sector.
- The American Battlefield Protection Program, would, through partnership funding, co-sponsor projects that provide for the enhancement, management, and preservation of America's battlefields.
CWT President, Edgar M. Andrews (center)
The Civil War Trust was also developed as a direct response to the Federal taking of Stuart's Hill. Created in 1991, this private, non-profit organization has donated over $4.8 million to assist in purchasing land and easements for more than 24 battlefields in 14 states.
This exhibit has been funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program.