Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The founder and CEO of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon also holds board positions with other oil, mineral, and natural gas companies in the region. Outside of work, Duke Ligon sits on the board of directors for a number of charitable organizations, including the Civil War Trust in Washington, DC.
The Civil War Trust engages in the purchase and preservation of historically significant Civil War sites, and educates the public about the war’s legacy for all Americans. Thanks to its members and donors, the trust has been able to acquire more than 46,000 acres of land in 23 states.
In a new book, the trust memorializes its three decades of work to preserve this vital part of the country’s heritage. Entitled Fighting the Second Civil War: A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, this 30th-anniversary commemorative volume outlines the growth of the trust, from its grassroots beginnings to its current status as the nation’s premier battlefield preservation organization.
Among the trust’s challenges and triumphs, the book outlines how the group fought the construction of a shopping mall on the site of the Battle of Bull Run and a casino at Gettysburg. The book is available through the trust’s website.