During 2014 and early 2015, DHR sponsored a symposium about battlefield preservation (May 2014) and two battlefield friends-raising workshops (October 2014, February 2015) that focused on Virginia's Civil War battlefields. Courtesy of our featured symposium and workshop speakers, DHR has posted information based on their presentations in 2014. Visit the links in the right-hand yellow navigation box to view a workshop webpage, where you can review and access PDFs and other information from the workshops.
Among Virginia’s historic sites are major battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Significantly, regarding the latter, nearly a third (123) of the 384 major battles nationwide as identified by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission — are located in Virginia.
With such a significant national legacy literally grounded in Virginia, the Department of Historic Resources and our many partners encourage and support the diligent stewardship and conservation of Virginia's threatened battlefields lands.
Specifically, DHR annually contributes to battlefield preservation by awarding competitive battlefield preservation matching grants drawn from the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund.
Additionally, DHR is also lists historic districts and individual sites associated with Civil War battlefields on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. (Learn more about the state and national register program.)