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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Civil War battlefields get NPS grants


The Gambrill Mill Trail wends through the Monocacy battlefield where Union and Confederate soldiers skirmished July 9, 1864. (Katherine Frey - The Washington Post)

The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program has announced grants that will support projects at Civil War battlefields in Maryland, Virginia, Idaho, North Dakota, West Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama.

In Maryland, the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation will received $41,000 to help raise public awareness about the Monocacy battlefield, and the Monocacy National Battlefield will received $25,000 to research and update the battlefield’s National Historic Landmark documentation to fully encompass the field of battle, including lands not presently owned or managed by the Park Service.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has been awarded $29,690 to organize and present five regional battlefield workshops that will provide training and guidance on how to organize a battlefield friends group.

The Idaho State Historical Society will receive $55,567 to find and record the boundaries of the 1863 Battle of Bear River and amend the National Historic Landmark nomination.

North Dakota State University is receiving two grants. One is for $26,473 for a project to identify the boundaries of military actions related to the U.S.-Dakota War in 1863 and 1864 . The other is for $62,761 to identify battlefield resources and boundaries for the July, 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain.

The West Virginia Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance is slated to receive $46,000 to develop community consensus and a preservation plan for the future of the Greenbrier/Camp Bartow site, a part of the 1861 Battle of Greenbrier River.

In South Carolina, the River Alliance will receive $39,400 to create an archaeological and operations model for the February, 1865 Battle of Congaree Creek.

South Carolina will receive two grants for projects in that state. The town of Ridgeland has been awarded $66,515 to educate the public and address threats to the Battle of Honey Hill. The University of South Carolina will receive $42,790 to hold a workshop titled “Preserving Fields of Conflict: Preserving Battlefields,” to share best practices in battlefield preservation, specifically focusing on unprotected and unidentified battle sites across the Southeast.

The University of North Alabama is slated to receive $31,998 for a project to submit a revaluated 1973 National Register of Historic Places nomination for the September, 1864 Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle and create a database of historical census and cartographic documents.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/15/2013

 
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