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Part of Civil War site could be added to Va. park

Monday - 6/24/2013, 9:49am  ET

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A section of a Civil War battlefield is expected to be added to a park in Chesterfield County.

Preservationists plan to acquire more than 15 acres that contain four Confederate artillery emplacements. The property will be added to Battery Dantzler Park. The park protects about an acre that contains another artillery emplacement.

George L. Fickett Jr. with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia says the land will be acquired through a $133,400 federal matching grant, a landowner donation and a payment from Dominion.

Fickett tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11VC5PM ) that preservationists are awaiting the grant's authorization by the National Parks Service director.

The Confederate battery was part of the Howlett Line that kept Union forces pinned on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula in the late spring of 1864.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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