On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the latest round of grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia Civil War Preservation Fund. Joining Governor McDonnell were Director of Historic Resources Kathleen Kilpatrick, Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech and members of the Civil War battlefield preservation community. Executive Director Jerry H. Brent and Board Members Linda Wandres and Harriett Condon represented the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT). Grants totaling $2.25 million were awarded to the CVBT, Civil War Trust, Richmond Battlefields Association and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. CVBT received two grants: $77,000 for a 9.2 acre tract on Jackson’s Flank Attack during the Battle of Chancellorsville and $700,000 to assist the Civil War Trust in a 56 acre acquisition of Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield. The preservation of these hallowed grounds has been a critical part of Virginia’s ongoing commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, and this latest announcement will promote the continuation of public-private partnerships to build upon past successes.
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