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.

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.

The missing Cyclorama