The Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in conjunction with the Department of Veterans’ Services is pleased to make available matching grants to help preserve the Commonwealth’s Civil War history. Funds have been approved for the state’s FY14 budget to incentivize the restoration of monuments, memorials, markers, and documents significant to the history of the Civil War.
In July of 1862, after heavy Union losses, President Lincoln called for 300,000 men to volunteer for three years, and then requested another 300,000 to serve for nine months. In the first days of the Civil War, many men had enlisted, assuming the war would be short and exciting. When it became clear that the war would be a long and bloody fight, it became harder and harder to recruit new soldiers.