Money still needed to preserve Civil War site - - Columbia, South Carolina

Money still needed to preserve Civil War site

(Charleston-AP) June 26, 2006 - The South Carolina Conservation Bank has agreed to spend $1.5 million to protect Morris Island in Charleston Harbor, but officials still need $3 million to buy the site of the famous Civil War charge of the black 54th Massachusetts regiment.

Developer Bobby Ginn said earlier this year his company was buying the island for nearly $7 million and agreed to sell it to the Trust for Public Land for $4.5 million. That deal is scheduled to close by February.

Slade Gleaton with the trust's Charleston office says the deal won't close unless it can raise the rest of the money.

The Civil War Battlefield Trust named the island as one of the nation's most-endangered battlefields last year.

Posted 9:57am by Bryce Mursch

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