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Fort McHenry sailors pitch in at Civil War battlefield

Jun. 13, 2013 - 09:42AM   |  
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RICHMOND, VA. — Sailors aboard the USS Fort McHenry have made it a monthly habit of traveling from their homeport in Virginia Beach to Richmond National Battlefield Park, and not as tourists.

Led by their chaplain, Lt. Kevin Johnson, a rotating group has been volunteering time to clean up the landscape at Rural Plains, one of the park’s newest sites. Thursday will be their third visit clearing brush and cleaning up debris.

Rural Plains is at the heart of the 1864 Totopotomoy Creek battlefield. It includes the Shelton House, which dates to the early 1700s.

On Thursday, the park will unveil a sign commemorating the sailors’ service to the site.

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