Mosby Heritage Area Association Gets American Battlefield Protection Program Grant

The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has received a grant of $41,625 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to fund a community-based preservation plan for the Civil War Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville.

Goose Creek Bridge west of Middleburg, Virginia was the site of an engagement during the Battle of Upperville – Photo by J. Riley Stewart.

The preservation plan will focus on the three cavalry battles at Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, where Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart fought a delaying tactic in June 1863 to screen the northern movement of General Robert E. Lee into Pennsylvania prior to the Battle of Gettysburg.

“We are proud to support projects like this that safeguard and preserve American battlefields,” said Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “These places are symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage that we must protect so that this and future generations can understand the struggles that define us as a nation.”

This grant is one of 27 National Park Service grants totaling $1.35 million to preserve and protect significant battle sites of all wars fought on American soil. Funded projects preserve battlefields from the Colonial-Indian Wars through World War II, and include site mapping (GPS/GIS data collection), archaeological studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and preservation and management plans. Additional information is online at 2

The mission of the nonprofit Mosby Heritage Area Association, formed in 1995, is to help preserve the Northern Virginia Piedmont and increase public knowledge about this historic area. MHAA provides classroom history programs for 4th
and 11th grade Virginia students, sponsors lectures, programs and field trips, and brings nationally known scholars to the area for its award-winning annual Civil War Conference. It works with other historic and nonprofit groups such as the Unison Preservation Society and the Land Trust of Virginia.

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  1. On the evening of saturday August 4, 2012, Mosby Heritage Area Association presented an excellent history interpretation program at Burwell-Morgan Mill. “Guardians of the Parks: A History of the National Parks and Conservation Association” by Dr. John Miles details controversies and park issues. Mike Frome wrote “Regreening The National Parks” which tells how commercialization and and politics has undermined the mission of the National Park Service. I enjoyed reading Mike Frome’s book, “Stranger In High Places: The Story of the Great Smokey Mountains”.