Congress approves plan to expand Gettysburg park

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has given final approval on a plan that expands Gettysburg National Military Park by 45 acres and adds the historic Lincoln Train Station.

The Senate passed the proposed expansion Friday as part of the $585 billion defense policy bill.

It expands the park to include environmentally sensitive land at the southern end of the battlefield, where cavalry skirmishes occurred during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.

The Lincoln Train Station was built in 1858. It served as a hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg and was where President Abraham Lincoln arrived on the eve of his Gettysburg Address.

The land was donated in 2009 to the Gettysburg Foundation, which plans to give it to the park.

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