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The Civil War Trust has reached a $40 million fund-raising goal with more than a year to spare.
Preservationists are so excited about $2.2 million in state grants, they're setting off cannons.
Money is tight. Every dollar spent by government is being scrutinized right now because of the mandatory federal budget cuts known as sequestration. But efforts to preserve history may be preserved themselves.
The Civil War Trust has teamed up with the state to complete a $3.2 million campaign protecting 285 acres at Gaines' Mill, where Gen. Robert E. Lee had his first major victory as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Seven land tracts around Civil War battlefields in Maryland will be acquired by the thanks to funding from the state.
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