National Park Service Press Release

National Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2013
Contact(s):   David Barna, david_barna@nps.gov, 202-208-6843

Paul Hawke, paul_hawke@nps.gov, 202-354-2023


National Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of more than $1.8 million in grants to help with 310.79 acres of land acquisition at six Civil War battlefields.  Grant projects include fee simple and easement purchases at Mansfield, Louisiana; Appomattox Court House, Virginia; Cedar Mountain, Virginia; Chancellorsville, Virginia; Sailor’s Creek, Virginia and Buckland Mills, Virginia.

“We are pleased to provide this grant funding so that our state, local and private preservation partners can protect these important American landscapes in their communities,” said Director Jarvis.  “The preservation of Civil War battlefields will allow future generations of Americans the opportunity to understand the important role these sites played in our nation’s history.” 

The grants were made from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help states and local communities acquire and preserve threatened Civil War battlefield land outside the boundaries of National Park units.  Consideration is 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 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74), which appropriated $8,985,600 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:

  • The LWCF Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are awarded through a competitive process to units of state and local governments.
  • Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors; 
  • Each grant requires a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match.
  • Grants are available for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land at Civil War battlefields listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission's (CWSAC) 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields.
  • Higher consideration will be given to proposals for acquisition of endangered lands at battlefields defined as Priority I or II sites in the CWSAC report.
  • Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp

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

Grantee, State

Amount

Louisiana Office of State Parks
Mansfield Battlefield, .79 acres (Fee Simple)

$40,900

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Appomattox Court House Battlefield, 49 acres (Fee Simple)

$139,528

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Cedar Mountain Battlefield, 4 acres (Fee Simple)

$129,309

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Chancellorsville Battlefield, 81 acres (Fee Simple)

$289,999

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield, 126 acres (Easement and Fee Simple)

$106,042

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Buckland Mills Battlefield, 50 acres (Easement)

$1,160,000

Total

$1,865,778

 

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