Civil War Battlefield Preserved

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WINCHESTER -- One of the region's most significant Civil War battlefields has been preserved through a cooperative effort of government and the private sector.

The Huntsberry Farm, a large part of the Middle Field of the Third Battle of Winchester, has been purchased and made part of a 567-acre battlefield park just outside Winchester.

Federal, state and local officials along with nonprofit agencies gathered on the site Friday to officially recognize the purchase of the land.

The $3.35 million purchase adds 209 acres to existing preservation parcels in the area, creating a unified 567-acre battlefield park.

Congress set aside $1.23 million for the project, with the balance coming from state and local funds and funding from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said the battlefield purchase keeps faith with history and keeps "it alive in ways that reflect our responsibility as stewards of the history of this country," he said.

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