Saving History Saturday: Battlefield Acquisition Grants Awarded to Three Civil War Battlefields

Credit: National Park Service

Earlier this month, the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) announced the awarding of $820,612.66 in Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants to three Civil War preservation projects.

The grants were awarded to state and local government agencies in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, protecting 73.21 acres of Civil War battlefields. The grants support the agencies’ ongoing partnerships with nonprofit partners to preserve the sites while also conserving open space and natural resources.

“These grants to state and local governments represent an important investment in public-private conservation efforts across America,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “They support partnership efforts that thoughtfully consider the needs, concerns, and priorities of communities inextricably connected to these unique places and stories.”

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources received $50,916 to preserve 15.14 acres of the Bentonville Battlefield. The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee received $353,522.19 to acquire 7.6 acres on the Chattanooga Battlefield. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation were awarded $416,174.47 to save 50.47 acres of the Second Deep Bottom Battlefield.

To find out more about the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Preservation Program, visit their website.

About Terry Rensel

Terry is currently the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History/Political Science and Broadcast Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Bradford, PA. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. Prior to joining CVBT he spent 12 years living and working in Alaska.
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1 Response to Saving History Saturday: Battlefield Acquisition Grants Awarded to Three Civil War Battlefields

  1. Robert Murray says:

    Great news, especially Chattanooga!

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