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Beshear creates new Civil War commission, announces $440,000 grant

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Kentucky will be recognized by a new commission created by Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday.

In an announcement at Battle of Richmond Park in Madison County, Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which will recommend activities to commemorate Civil War events in the state. The anniversary will be commemorated from 2011 to 2015.

The commission will fall under the auspices of the Kentucky Historical Society and will have 25 members, including legislators, college and university Civil War specialists, members of the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Appointments to the commission will be made no later than Nov. 1, with the first meeting expected to occur in March 2010.

The Kentucky Historical Society recently received a $1,050,000 grant to commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

Beshear also announced a $440,000 transportation enhancement grant for improvements at Battle of Richmond Park, a Civil War site where Union forces suffered a defeat as the Confederate Army advanced northward.

The money will complete restoration of the Joseph Barnett-Herndon House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house will be used as a visitor center during Civil War re-enactments and other events.