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Va. senators propose battlefield expansion

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 4:08am  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's two United States senators are sponsoring legislation that could make the Petersburg National Battlefield the largest Civil War historic battlefield in the nation.

Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the proposal Wednesday. It would authorize the National Park Service to acquire more than 7,000 acres of land that is in danger of being lost to development. The land was the site of 18 major Civil War battles. It has been identified by the Civil War Trust as one of the most endangered groups of historic battlefields in the country.

The legislation does not appropriate any money. It just authorizes acquisition of the land. It also authorizes one small land transfer between Fort Lee and the battlefield.

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