BLUEMONT, Va. (AP) -- Nearly 200 acres along the Shenandoah River in Virginia's Clarke County are being preserved under a partnership announced by The Civil War Trust.
The preservation announced Tuesday involves land that played a crucial role in the July 18, 1864, Battle of Cool Spring, which resulted in more than 800 casualties.
The preservation entails 195 acres the trust acquired in 2012 of the former Virginia National Country Club following its bankruptcy.
Protection of the Cool Spring site is being made possible through matching grants from the state and federal governments. The American Battlefield Protection Program overseen by the National Park Service also contributed $200,000 toward the $2 million purchase price.
The Virginia Civil War Sites Preservation Fund provided $800,000. Shenandoah University has been entrusted with the care of the property.
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