NEW MARKET -- A bill on Capitol Hill can effect historic battlefields in the Valley and the rest of the United States if it passes. The American Battlefield Protection Program has been in effect since 2002. A total of 17,500 acres of historic civil war battle grounds have been preserved because of it. There are still more than 50,000 acres of unprotected battlefields in Virginia that would meet the program's standards.
"Civil war preservation seems to be on everybody's mind. It's on this particular show or that particular show on tv. Preserving the battlefield. So I think it's a hot button issue in a good way," said Virginia Civil War Museum Site Director Maj. Troy Marshall.
The program would extend through 2018 if it passes.