FoWB offers two special programs based on ancestral connections: the WILDERNESS BRIGADE and the ELLWOOD LEGACY. The programs offer a special connection for living relatives to the hallowed ground where their ancestors walked and sadly, in some cases, gave their lives for their country. The information supplied by the applications provides in-depth and sometimes poignant histories of these very men and women who helped shape the direction of America.
Special Offer Commemorating the Chancellorsville and Wilderness Battles’ 150th Anniversaries
Reduced Application Fees for the Wilderness Brigade and Ellwood Legacy
Complimentary One Year Single Membership in FoWB
Expanded Eligibility Requirements for the Wilderness Brigade
Special offer effective January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014
Eligibility for membership in the Wilderness Brigade is through an ancestor, either direct (grandparent) or collateral (uncle, cousin, aunt), who:
1) served as a non-combatant in the Confederate Hospitals at the Wilderness during or after the Battle of Chancellorsville (1863); or
2) was a soldier wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville and was treated at one of these same hospitals; or
3) participated in the Battle of the Wilderness (1864)
Eligibility for membership in the Ellwood Legacy is through an ancestor either direct (grandparent) or collateral (uncle, cousin,aunt), who lived or worked at Ellwood or visited there as a guest, prior to 1977 at which time the NPS took possession.
The programs require two levels of verification: (1) the ancestor’s presence at the Battle of the Wilderness or relevant association with Ellwood must be documented. (2) The applicant/descendant must document a genealogical relationship (direct or collateral) with the ancestor.
FoWB volunteers will assist with the first level as it applies to the battle. The genealogical research is the responsibility of the applicant, although F0WB will offer guidance and support where possible.
Read our brochure for more details and FAQ’s
Read the FoWB President’s letter introducing the special offer
Questions: Contact email@example.comTo Apply: Download and complete the Application Form and mail it to: FoWB Attn: Heritage Programs P.O. Box 576 Locust Grove, VA 22508