Williamsburg ... between Revolution and Restoration, there was Secession, Emancipation, and Reunification. On May 5, 1862, Union and Confederate soldiers met east of Williamsburg in a battle resulting in 4,000 casualties, 7 Medals of Honor, and the town's occupation by Union forces. Williamsburg's Civil War history completes the Historic Triangle's story and attracts tourists who visit Civil War sites nationwide. Preserving the battlefield also conserves open space and our region's beauty. Preservation of undeveloped lands occurs by purchases, easements, subdivisions & tax credits. Each takes time, coordination & networking. In the past 3 years, more Williamsburg Battlefield acreage has been preserved than in the previous 153 years since the battle. In 2015, Anheuser-Busch donated 65 acres of core battlefield land to the Civil War Trust. In 2016, the WBA and Civil War Trust partnered to receive grant money enabling the purchase of another 4-acre site. The WBA's vision for these parcels and those once thought lost to development includes a system of trails and markers. This vision is possible by partnerships with residents, businesses, municipalities & land conservancies. There is still more Williamsburg Battlefield land to preserve and maintain. As the 156th anniversary of the battle approaches, please join our effort and consider a donation to the WBA on May 8, 2018!