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  • Civil War Trust Saves Fort Ann Battlefield from Mine Construction

      Based in Oklahoma City, Mekusukey Oil Company founder and owner Duke Ligon is an experienced attorney and businessman who serves as a member of the boards of Blueknight Energy Partners and Heritage Trust Company. Outside of his advisory positions with public and closely held firms, Duke Ligon also serves on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Civil War Trust.

    According to a recent article published by the Times Union, the Civil War Trust has announced its intention to preserve the site of the Battle of Fort Ann, a parcel of 160 acres in eastern New York. The battle took place just over a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and delayed British General John Burgoyne and his troops long enough to tilt the outcome of the famed Battle of Saratoga in the Americans’ favor three months afterward.

    The Civil War Trust bought Fort Ann from a private owner, protecting it from the construction of a proposed granite and topsoil mine. It was purchased along with another battle site to the north near Sackets Harbor for a total of $1.01 million.