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take a moment to tell the members of the Virginia General Assembly that you
support a new state park at the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields
— and urge them to do the same.
As always, we ask you to be polite and respectful when
communicating to lawmakers about battlefield preservation issues.
Thank you for speaking out on behalf of America’s Civil
War battlegrounds and historic sites.
Letter in Support of Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park
Dear [Decision Maker],
The Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields in Culpeper County, Virginia are among the most significant sites of the American Civil War. The Battle of Cedar Mountain, fought on August 9, 1862, marked the first and bloodiest battle in Culpeper during that conflict. Separated by less than a year and fewer than 15 miles, the Battle of Brandy Station -- waged on June 9, 1863 -- was the largest cavalry battle ever fought in North America, commencing the war's storied Gettysburg Campaign.
Together, the Civil War Trust and the Brandy Station Foundation have acquired and preserved about 1,400 acres of hallowed ground across these two battlefields -- land consisting primarily of the verdant fields, premier farmland, biologically diverse woodlots, rolling hills and scenic landscapes iconic to Culpeper and the Virginia Piedmont. Open space and opportunities for outdoor recreation abound here, augmented by the battlefields' close proximity to the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers.As both the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and Culpeper Town Council have articulated: Bringing together this previously preserved acreage under the Virginia state park system would provide a distinctive destination for heritage and recreational tourism alike, increasing existing visitation and enhancing Culpeper's economy. Further, the fundamental building blocks for a new park are already in place, including a series of interpretive trails with accompanying signage, parking areas and an active support network exemplified by the Brandy Station Foundation and the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.
Please stand with us in supporting the creation of the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park. Now is the time. Culpeper is the place.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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