National Park Service awards $2.05 million to protect six Virginia battlefields

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHSV) — U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Thursday more than $2.05 million to preserve six historic battlefields in Virginia.

These grants were awarded through the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is one of more than a dozen programs operated by NPS that provide states and local communities with technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.

The following historic battlefields will receive funding from the Department of the Interior:

· Second Manassas Battlefield will receive $519,515 in federal funding.
· Opequon Battlefield will receive $910,500 in federal funding.
· New Market Battlefield will receive $143,248 in federal funding.
· New Market Heights Battlefield will receive $193,722 in federal funding.
· Rappahannock Station II will receive $240,306.25 in federal funding.
· Trevilian Station Battlefield will receive $47,751 in federal funding.

John Hutchinson with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation, said they're excited the Valley is getting some money to help protect their sites.

"Important things happen there. The Civil War was the cataclysmic event of our nation's history and we need to learn from our history," said Hutchinson. "We feel like it's very important, they're an outdoor classroom and a learning experience for everyone."

Hutchinson says they plan to use some of the funding to pay off loans for the Third Wincester site (Opequon Battlefield) and expand on trails at the New Market site.