Civil War site measure advances

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Congress appears poised to renew the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act, a move that could help the Lowcountry secure its historic sites, even if they're not as endangered as some in other states.

U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., has worked toward the bill's approval in the House, which could come this week.

"In just three years, America will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War," he said. "(The bill) would help in the preparation, preservation and conservation of many of these hallowed sites in advance of this important anniversary."

Former North Carolina Rep. Alex McMillan, now a Citadel professor living in Charleston, visited Washington last week to urge the bill's passage. McMillan also serves on the board of the Civil War Preservation Trust.

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