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Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Civil War Battlefields

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Reenactors fire a cannon as they participate in a Civil War battle reenactment. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Reenactors fire a cannon as they participate in a Civil War battle reenactment. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — If you’re a Civil War enthusiastic who enjoys giving back, this is you’re weekend.

The Civil War Trust is seeking volunteers for its annual hands-on preservation event Saturday.

The trust is looking for history buffs and preservationists to help remove trash from Civil War battlefields and other clean-up activities at parks, shrines and cemeteries. In exchange, volunteers will receive T-shirts or patches and get a history lesson in the process.

Started in 1996, the Spring cleaning called Park Day has grown to more than 100 sites in 24 states. In Virginia, the sites include Chancellorsville Battlefield, The Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, among others.

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