One Acre – $150
One Half Acre – $75
“The Confederates dug long deep trenches and laid their men in the ground that way. The Union burial parties only shoveled mounds of dirt over the bodies where they lay, and two or three days after a heavy rain made the field hideous… parties of men were collecting the wounded and putting them in rows here in the yard and wherever there was shade. Doctors were cutting off legs and arms and the moaning was awful…”
Looking at the serene fields of Manassas National Battlefield Park today, it’s difficult to imagine the horror and suffering that they once held. From homes and farms, to dying grounds and resting places, each acre holds a story.
By the time war came to Manassas, Lucinda Dogan had been a widow for 7 years, having lost her husband Henry and 6 year old son Allen in 1854. Her home, Peach Grove, burned in 1860, forcing her to move her 7 surviving children into the small structure that stands sentinel at the Groveton intersection today. Her land saw some of the most deadly fighting of the Second Battle of Manassas, and Lucinda and the children worked into the night bringing water to wounded soldiers in their fields. In 1862, teenagers Ann and Kate Dogan died from illness, likely brought by the tens of thousands of soldiers in the area.
Despite her hardship Lucinda Dogan, like most of her neighbors, persisted. She gained the nickname “Belle of the Battlefield” and lived in her little house until her death at the age of 92. It is land and stories like the Dogan’s that the NPS protects, and we need your help.
Preserving the historic landscape is an important charge. Removing non-historic vegetation and tree cover, and mowing to maintain the appearance of historic farms allows visitors to imagine the wartime landscape– to ‘see’ the farms and the battlegrounds.
By adopting an acre of sacred battlefield ground, you will help maintain the cultural landscape for this and future generations.
One Acre – $150
One Half Acre – $75
Clear Non-Historic Fence Line Vegetation from Pittsylvania Farm Fields:
Historically, the large grassy fields of the Pittsylvania plantation, north of the NPS law enforcement offices (surrounded on almost 3 sides by Bull Run) were open with no fence lines or tree lines. Over time, rows of brush and trees grew up along the modern fence lines. These non-historic fences and tree lines were removed 10 years ago, but the vegetation has since grown back.
Your generous donation will support the the re-removal of these non-historic lines of trees and shrubs, thus restoring the views.
Replanting of the Wood Line at Brownsville/Lewis Farm:
This is the section of woods along the ridgeline that runs just west of the parking lot at Brownsville. The area was cleared by a developer in the 1980’s prior to the National Park Service acquiring the land. The NPS attempted to restore the property to its 1862 appearance based on the Fitz John Portal court marshal maps. However, as you can see from the photograph, a good portion of the ridge never reestablished, and several of the plantings have died.
Your generous donation will help replant additional trees in the area where you can already see a number of saplings to restore the historic landscape.
Clear Brush and Overgrown Vegetation from Deep Cut:
In 2008, timber was cleared from the Deep Cut area to restore the open fields through which thousands fought and fell during the Battle of Second Manassas. Maintenance of this property is an enormous undertaking and expense.
Your generous donation will allow the National Park Service to continue to maintain this hallowed ground.