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Easements protect sections of two Va. battlefields

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — Sections of two Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley will be protected from development through land easements.

One easement will preserve 151 acres of the Toms Brook battlefield. The other will protect 77 acres of the Cedar Creek Battlefield in Middletown.

The Civil War Trust acquired the Toms Brook easement in a joint venture with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

The American Battlefield Preservation Program and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources provided funding to help the Civil War Trust acquire the Cedar Creek easement.

Civil War Trust spokeswoman Mary Koik told the Daily News-Record that donations to the preservation efforts may have been spurred by excitement over the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.

Credit: The Associated Press.