- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Sixty-five core acres of the Williamsburg Civil War battlefield are being set aside for preservation.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the donation of the hallowed ground by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation to the Civil War Trust. It is the largest part of the Williamsburg battlefield ever preserved.

The land northeast of Interstate 64 was originally part of Busch Gardens. The trust envisions the property becoming the anchor for a future Williamsburg battlefield park.

The Williamsburg Land Conservancy will oversee the site.

The Battle of Williamsburg was fought on May 5, 1862, pitting more than 40,000 Union troops against nearly 32,000 Confederates. Nearly 4,000 soldiers died in the battle, which ended indecisively.

The Civil War Trust has preserved more than 40,000 battlefield acres in 20 states.

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