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First Lady Susan Corbett Joins Civil War Trust Announcing Plans to Preserve Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg Headquarters

July 1, 2014



HARRISBURG, Pa., July 1 -- The office of the First Lady Susan Corbett, issued the following news release:

First Lady Susan Corbett today joined the Civil War Trust in announcing a campaign to preserve one of Gettysburg's most important sites. Gen. Robert E. Lee'sGettysburg headquarters played a significant role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

The stone house on Seminary Ridge has never received formal protection as an historic site. It is currently surrounded by commercial development. The Civil War Trust, the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States, plans to permanently protect the 4-acre site, which saw intense fighting on July 1, 1863.

"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," said Governor Tom Corbett. "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."

To purchase, preserve and restore the site, the Trust launched a campaign to raise $5.5 million. A large portion has already been raised, but $1.1 million is still needed by the end of 2014.

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

Those businesses will continue to operate until the sale is complete in early 2015. Work will then begin to restore the area to its wartime landscape, including the eventual razing of the modern structures.

"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," remarked organization 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."

"Preserving and rehabilitating the Gettysburg Battlefield is critically important," said First Lady and Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commissioner Susan Corbett. "It ensures the hallowed ground is preserved for generations to come and it will serve as a visual reminder of what Union and Confederate soldiers saw and lived through on those difficult days 151-years ago today."

The Trust will eventually turn the site over the National Park Service once the preservation work is complete.

For more information contact the Civil War Trust at 202-558-8971 or visit www.pa.gov

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