Good news for Civil War battlefield preservation this week!
On April 30, 2020, the National Park Service announced that $923,314 in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) would be used to protect 207 acres of America’s Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields. The grants will be used to acquire portions of Vicksburg Battlefield in Mississippi, Fort Ann and Newton Battlefield in New York, Bentonville Battlefield in North Carolina, and Cedar Mountain Battlefield, Trevilian Station Battlefield and Peebles’ Farm Battlefield in Virginia.
The Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant program, administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program, provides up to 50% in matching funds for state and local governments to acquire and preserve threatened Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War Battlefield land through the purchase of land in fee simple and permanent, protective interests in land. Eligible battlefields are listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s 1993 “Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields” and the 2007 “Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.”
For complete details about each battlefield’s new acquisitions, please see the original press release: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/04-30-20-nps-awards-grants-to-protect-historic-battlefields.htm