In all there were 13 grants given for 12 battlefields across Virginia, including Balls Bluff Battlefield Park. The money will help preserve 1,265 additional acres, McDonnell said.
Other battlegrounds that will receive grants include Appomattox Court House, Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville), Brandy Station, Cedar Creek, Chancellorsville, Deep Bottom, Kelly's Ford, Malvern Hill, Rappahannock Station (I and II), Second Manassas, and Sailor's Creek.
McDonnell's office said this was the third consecutive year he has awarded money through the Civil War Site Preservation Fund (CWSPF); in all, McDonnell has helped award money across 4,587 acres, his office said.
McDonnell said such preservation work is important for education, the environment and the economy.
"It is fitting that coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War we have conserved through public-private partnerships lands that witnessed such immense sacrifice. In doing so, we save hallowed ground and honor the Commonwealth's past while we simultaneously make an investment in its future through heritage tourism," McDonnell said.
Watch a video of McDonnell's address above.