- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service has awarded nearly $2.7 million in grants to help preserve Civil War battlefields in Virginia, from Appomattox Court House to Fredericksburg.

Announced Thursday in a news release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office, the grants will help preserve nine battlefields in Virginia, where most of the Civil War was fought.

The grants include more than $1.2 million for Fredericksburg Battlefield in Spotsylvania County, $357,000 for the First Battle of Kernstown in Frederick County, and $221,000 for Brandy Station in Culpeper County, among others.

The Park Service awards the grants from its American Battlefield Protection Program. State and local governments are eligible for the grants. They require matching funds.

McAuliffe said the grants are critical to Virginia’s heritage tourism economy.

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