Civil War battlefields in Virginia and West Virginia are getting a federal assist to ensure their preservation for years to come.
The National Park Service has announced more than $2.5 million in grants that include the Cool Spring Battlefield in Virginia's Clarke County and Summit Point Battlefield in West Virginia's Jefferson County. The grants from the Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program total $300,000 for the Virginia property and $2,187 for the West Virginia land.
The grants are for conservation easements intended to protect the Civil War acres from development. For both states, they total about 460 acres.
Most of the grant money went to Georgia's Marietta Operations Battlefield. That grant total is $2 million.