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Richmond National Battlefield Park acquires 251 acres

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Richmond National Battlefield Park has acquired 251 acres at the site of the 1862 Glendale Civil War battle in Henrico County from the Civil War Trust.

The acquisition more than doubles the park’s holdings at Glendale, bringing the total park acreage at there to 394.  The battle, also called Frayser’s Farm, was the next to last battle in the Seven Days clash that drove the Union army from the outskirts of Richmond.

Park officials said the Civil War Trust is working on other Glendale acquisition projects that eventually would add more than 150 more acres to the preserved area.

The new land gives the park a swath of preserved land that extends for three contiguous miles, from the upper end of the Glendale battlefield to the lower end of the Malvern Hill battlefield. 

Those two battles, fought on consecutive days, were separated only by an overnight lull on June 30 – July 1, 1862. Park officials said Glendale and Malvern Hill are now two of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in Virginia.

Richmond National Battlefield Park includes 13 Civil War sites in Hanover, Henrico and Chesterfield counties and the city of Richmond.

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