Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 4, 2013

Luray Caverns gives $50,000 to restore battlefield

WINCHESTER, Va. — Luray Caverns Corp. has donated $50,000 to help pay for restoring part of a Civil War battlefield near Winchester.

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation plans to restore the 30-acre Middle Field portion of the Third Battle of Winchester site. The project will cost about $500,000.

The Winchester Star (http://bit.ly/1cltDT0 ) reports that Luray Caverns presented its donation to the foundation Tuesday night during a reception at The George Washington Hotel.

Foundation executive director Denman Zirkle says the donation increases the total raised to about $130,000.

About 55,000 Confederate and Union troops fought during the battle on Sept. 19, 1864. There were 8,630 casualties.

The Middle Field project is part of an overall $2.2 million restoration effort to restore the battlefield.

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