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Richmond’s Battlefield Park Acquires 285 Acres

One of the Civil War’s Most violent and least understood battlegrounds has just acquired 285 new acres and will come under federal protection. United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to Richmond Battlefield Park in Hanover to participate in the transfer.

Jewell accepted the transfer of the 285 acres on the Gaine’s Mill Battlefield from the Civil War trust for $400,000. The trust purchased the land for $3.2 million, about half from the Commonwealth of Virginia, about half from its members, and literally gave the land to the National Park Service.

The victory went to the Confederates that day and saved Richmond for a time from being overrun by Union soldiers. It was Robert E. Lee’s first major victory.

Secretary Jewell was here to push for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation fund, which has preserved 81 battlefields in 16 states and has given Virginia $84 million over the past 50 years. It is set to expire without action from Congress.