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APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - Pivotal battle scenes and scenic views near Appomattox Court House National Historical Park have been shielded from harm.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday announced a partnership between the federal government, Virginia and the Civil War Trust to accomplish the feat.

Jewell said three battlefield tracts that figured in Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrendering his army here 150 years ago Thursday are now secure.

On the eve of one of the last events of the Civil War sesquicentennial, Jewell toured the park, viewing the newly preserved land from the 19th-century village.

Jewell toured some of the historic site's buildings, including the McLean House and the Clover Hill Tavern, where a Union Army field press printed parole papers for thousands of Southern troops.

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