Here is how you save battlefield land. This is the way to do it:

Two members of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust board have bought about 16 acres involved in the Battle of Chancellorsville.

The land along State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County cost $200,000. The board members will sell the land to the trust for the same price once some grant money becomes available.

Doctor Michael Stevens, president of the trust, said the group didn't have time to wait for grant money, so they just bought it.

Consider the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust before you donate to Civil War Preservation Trust. They list the properties they buy. All their member newsletters can be read by potential donors online. They publish the names of new members in the newsletter. And this story suggests they have their priorities and m.o. in far better order than CWPT.