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The Civil War Trust donates 11.5 acres to Chesterfield for Howlett Line Park (Village News)

Howlett Line Park in Chesterfield, Va., is adding 11.5 acres of key land donated by the Civil War Trust. The acreage encompasses parts of Confederate defense lines from the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, which began in Chesterfield County in May 1864. Construction on new markers and a trail will begin soon.

Farm buildings give way to Civil War’s past (Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star)

Post-Civil War buildings are being razed to give visitors to the Slaughter Pen Farm property, owned by the Civil War Trust, a more authentic experience. This southern portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield will now more accurately reflect the 1862 landscape of the Spotsylvania County site. The buildings’ demolition should be complete by the end of April, in time for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Overland Campaign.

Search on for descendants of Civil War battle veterans (

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of New Market just two months away, efforts are increasing to locate descendants of the Virginia Military Institute cadets who fought at what was one of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia's key battles on May 15, 1864.

Facebook connection over Civil War photo helps reveal soldiers' identities, stories (The Washington Post)

The 26 Union soldiers were posed for the camera somewhere near Brandy Station, Va., in late 1863 or early 1864. The front rank stood at parade rest, hands clasped around muskets. The rear ranks stood so their faces could be seen. They were serious young men approaching the final, bloody months of the Civil War.

South Carolina archeologists race to uncover Civil War prison (ABC News)

Racing against time, South Carolina archeologists are digging to uncover the remnants of a Civil War-era prisoner-of-war camp before the site in downtown Columbia is cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.

USS Monitor Conservation Lab to close from funding woes (Daily Press)

Conservators at The Mariners' Museum were preparing to shut down a 5,000-square-foot treatment lab and stop work on the historic gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor Thursday following the expiration of an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program

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