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Vicksburg military park bill back before Congress

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2013 at 3:06 am •  Published: February 28, 2013

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Legislation to authorize the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park has been reintroduced by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss.

The legislation would authorize the National Park Service to acquire about 10,000 acres of property deemed significant to the long-term preservation of historic Civil War battlefield sites in Claiborne and Hinds counties. The bill specifies that any purchases must be acquired through voluntary sales, donations or exchanges.

Cochran says in a statement there is support in Mississippi and around the nation for protecting additional tracts related to the Vicksburg Campaign

Wicker says the Vicksburg National Military Park expansion would help protect three additional historically significant sites — Port Gibson in Claiborne County and Raymond and Champion Hill, both in Hinds County.