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Plan to expand Petersburg National Battlefield introduced

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Petersburg National Battlefield could be expanded under legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday, July 9. Virginia Representatives Randy Forbes (R) and Robert Scott (D) introduced H.R. 2634, which would allow the Department of the Interior to buy land from willing sellers, exchange or transfer land, or accept donations, but not to seize land by eminent domain.

You can view the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.2634:.

The bill was referred to the committees on Natural Resources and Armed Services. No other representatives have signed on as cosponsors. No companion bill is pending in the Senate.

The bill specifically would allow the park to acquire a 1.17-acre parcel from the Army's Fort Lee Military Reservation and another 1.171-acre parcel from the Army. No payment would be made.

The national battlefield honors where the longest campaign of the American Civil War took place, the nine-and-a-half month siege of Petersburg, Virginia in 1864-65. For information on the site, see http://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm.

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