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Civil War battlefields in need of a makeover

Sunday - 2/13/2011, 5:48pm  ET

Manassas
The Manassas battlefield preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run -- fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862. (WTOP file photo)
Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - How would you like to help bring Civil War battlefields back to life? You can, in April.

It's your chance to help spruce up more than 100 battlefields in 22 states before the 150th anniversary. Local battlefields stretch from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg, and include Manassas and Antietam, two of the biggest.

"They're doing things like rebuilding fence lines and laying new trails to get people out on the battlefield and see more of it," says Mary Koik from the Civil War Trust.

Many of the battlefields are controlled by the National Park Service or other government agencies. But Koik says they need help preparing for the thousands of visitors expected this summer as the 150th anniversary of the War gets underway.

As many as 100,000 visitors are expected in Manassas in July to commemorate the first big battle of the war in 1861.

The date for the clean up is April 2. For more information, click here.

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