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Congress votes to preserve land in Gettysburg

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 14, 2014 4:30 PM
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(Washington) -- The Gettysburg National Military Park may be expanding its boundaries. The U.S. House has already unanimously approved the proposal.

The Lincoln Train Station, a block from the square in Gettysburg, highlights the two parcels of land that would be incorporated within the park.

Republican Congressman Scott Perry, who represents Adams County, sponsored the legislation.

He says it's the spot where President Lincoln arrived in town the day before delivered the Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

"It's also a pivitol landmark in the battle, serving as a hospital, and also a location where injured soldiers were sent out after the battle," Perry explains. "So it's a significant piece of history in the area."

Perry's measure would also expand the park's boundaries to include 45 acres of land along Plum Run.

Both parcels are being acquired by the Gettysburg Foundation and will be donated to the park at no cost to taxpayers.

Perry notes the National Park Service cannot accept the land until there's an act of Congress.

His resolution now heads to the Senate where Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, have introduced similar legislation.

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