The Manassas battlefield in Virginia. Va. Sen. Jim Webb is pushing for more funding to preserve U.S. Civil War sites.
Webb was joined by colleagues from North Carolina, West Virginia and New Mexico in an appeal to the Senate Appropriations Committee and an Appropriations subcommittee on the interior and environment.
They are seeking $10 million for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program, which provides matching grants to preserve what Webb calls "hallowed grounds."
Battleground preservation groups argue the funding is critical to save battlegrounds from development and urban sprawl.
Webb says the program is especially relevant as the nation commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.