Five days after Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced a new round of matching grants for 13 of the state’s Civil War battlefields, the Civil War Trust has declared victory in its campaign to save 56 acres, costing $3.6 million, at the Brandy Station Battlefield . The grant was the final piece of the financial puzzle the Trust needed to make the purchase.

The announcement of $2,252,663 in grants was made Thursday at Ball’s Bluff Regional Park near Leesburg. Besides Brandy Station, the funds will assist these battlefields to either purchase land or obtain easements:

Appomattox Court House

Ball’s Bluff

Beaver Dam Creek

Cedar Creek


Deep Bottom

Kelly’s Ford

Malvern Hill

Rappahannock Station I and II

Second Manassas

Sailor’s Creek

Virginia funds its matching grant program through the Civil War Site Preservation Fund that McDonnell and the General Assembly established as a permanent fund in 2010.