Gov. Bob McDonnell traveled to Chancellorsville Battlefield to highlight the creation of a permanent state fund to preserve Civil War sites.
In a ceremonial signing, McDonnell added his signature Tuesday to the Virginia Civil War Sites Preservation Fund, which provides matching grants to protect battlefields.
The legislation permanently establishes the fund, which already has preserved 2,000 battlefield acres in Virginia.
McDonnell also announced $300,000 in grant awards for seven properties, including Fisher's Hill Battlefield in Shenandoah County.
That money will help protect an additional 32 acres of that battlefield.
Virginia is gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and the battlefields are typically a draw for tourists.
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