Massenutten Mountain part of the viewshed landscape at Cross Keys and Tom's Brook Battlefields in Virginia.

Massenutten Mountain part of the viewshed landscape at Cross Keys and Tom’s Brook Battlefields in Virginia.

As part of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, more than $3.8 million in grants were awarded in June to help with land acquisition at six Civil War battlefields. Grant projects include easement purchases at Cross Keys, Virginia ($181,125); Tom’s Brook, Virginia ($25,000); Buckland Mills, Virginia ($3,350,060); and fee simple acquisition at Mill Springs, Kentucky ($90,800); South Mountain, Maryland ($149,000); and Bentonville, North Carolina ($45,325).

These grants help achieve Call to Action: Action 22, “Scaling Up” to promote large landscape conservation to support cultural resources, by preserving battlefield landscapes at these six important battlefields in four states. The National Park Service is also commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, a defining event in our nation’s history and its legacy in the continuing fight for civil rights.

The grants were made from the American Battlefield Protection Program to help states and local communities acquire and preserve threatened Civil War battlefield land outside the boundaries of National Park units. Priority was given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields (CWSAC Report). Funds were awarded based on the property’s location within CWSAC-defined core and/or study areas, the threat to the battlefield land to be acquired, and the availability of required non-Federal matching funds.

The grant funds were made available under the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-10) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74), which appropriated a combined $17,967,600 for the Civil War battlefield land acquisition grants program. Applications for the balance of the funds are accepted at any time. Criteria to consider in the applying for the Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants include:

For further information, contact Kristen McMasters, Grants Manager, at 202-354-2037 or kristen_mcmasters@nps.gov.

Grantee, State Amount
Pulaski County, Ky.
Mill Springs Battlefield, Gladstone Tract (Fee Simple)
$90,800
Department of Natural Resources, Md.
South Mountain Battlefield, Tieman Tract (Fee Simple)
$149,000
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, N.C.
Bentonville Battlefield, Lawyers Mutual Tract (Fee Simple)
$45,325
Fauquier County, Va.
Buckland Mills Battlefield, Bishop’s Run Tract (Easement)
$2,300,000
Fauquier County, Va.
Buckland Mills Battlefield, Ted’s Tack Shack Tract (Easement)
$804,864
Fauquier County, Va.
Buckland Mills Battlefield, Ted’s Tack Shack Tract (Easement)
$245,196
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Va.
Cross Keys Battlefield, Miller Tract (Easement)
$181,125
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Va.
Tom’s Brook Battlefield, Kibler Tract (Easement)
$25,000
   
Total $3,841,310

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