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Civil War Trust snags key battlefield acres in Va.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 7:45am  ET

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - The Civil War Trust says it has secured a contract with a Culpeper County landowner to acquire 61 acres where the largest cavalry battle ever fought on American soil occurred.

The so-called Fleetwood Hill property is the core battlefield of the Brandy Station battle that occurred 150 years ago in June 2013. The trust said the acquisition is the first step in what is expected to be a national campaign to preserve the site and open it to the public.

Nearly 20,000 troopers in blue and gray engaged in the battle of Brandy Station. The battle resulted in 1,000 casualties and defeat for Union forces.

The epicenter of the battle occurred on the slopes of Fleetwood Hill.

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