The U.S. Department of the Interior will provide $7.2 million in matching grants to preserve nearly 1,200 acres of Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday.
Zinke broke the news at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, while gathering with preservationists and National Park Service officials, and touring the 1862 battlefield .
The grants, which will be leveraged against money from states and the Civil War Trust, will save 19 parcels in Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In Virginia, the land includes sites at AppomattoxCourt House, Gaines’ Mill, Malvern Hill, New Market and Third Winchester , Kelly’s Ford on the Rappahannock River, Trevilian Station in Louisa County, Fredericksburg’s Prospect Hill and Second Manassas.
Other battlefields benefiting from the $7.2 million in land acquisition grants are Prairie Grove, Arkansas; South Mountain and Williamsport, Maryland; Brices Cross Roads, Mississippi; Fort Ann and Sackets Harbor, New York; Brandywine, Pennsylvania.; Eutaw Springs, South Carolina; Fort Donelson, Tennessee; and Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The eight grants for Virginia sites total $4.2 million, the lion’s share of the money announced by Zinke.