Law allows huge expansion of historic Civil War battlefield 

What a great addition to such an already great park!

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The Petersburg National Battlefield, a climactic site in the collapse of the Confederacy in the Civil War, has been cleared for a huge expansion under a new law that would authorize it to become the nation’s largest protected battlefield.

The park commemorates sites in the war’s longest battlefield conflict, marked by bursts of bloody trench warfare spanning some 10 months between 1864 and 1865.Legislation signed days ago by President Barack Obama authorizes, but does not pay for, the addition of more than 7,000 acres to the existing 2,700 acres of rolling hills, earthworks and siege lines already under protection at Petersburg.Expansion has been a longtime priority of park advocates and comes amid a push to bolster and protect battlefields around the country as the nation marked the 150th anniversary of the war.Supporters say the larger boundary would not only protect historic sites from commercial development but also give park visitors a more comprehensive understanding of the Petersburg campaign, which left tens of thousands of men dead.“We’re finally moving forward. … We’re looking at the park and looking at the story in a whole new way,” said Lewis Rogers, the park’s superintendent, who joked that the weeks of waiting for the president’s signature had left him in misery.About 25 miles south of the former Confederate capital of Richmond, the Petersburg area became the crucible of Gen. Ulysses Grant’s 10-month Union siege that broke the back of the Confederacy and precipitated a retreat of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army that ended at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Source: Law allows huge expansion of historic Civil War battlefield – Roanoke Times: National

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