Greetings Cosmic Americans!
Yep - that is a lot of coin! According to the Civil War Trust website, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced a $4 million federal grant to benefit land preservation at Richmond National Battlefield Park.
As many of you who have traversed the battlefields across the former Confederacy know, a great deal of these historic sites have been accosted by urban (and suburban) sprawl. The area around the Wilderness and Fredericksburg come immediately to mind - but other battlefields have taken a hit as well (I am not forgetting you in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland and Kentucky).
Cosmic America applauds the efforts of Salazar and the Civil War Trust, as well as living historians and round tables throughout the world who strive to preserve Civil War battlefields. Future generations will owe you a debt of gratitude.