By BRENDAN KIRBY
A land conservation group announced Thursday it has donated 11.6 acres near Antietam National Battlefield to the National Park Service, preserving an area that was the site of fighting during the famous Civil War battle.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation, assisted by The Conservation Fund, recently acquired the land, said Jack Lynn, senior associate for the Arlington, Va.-based conservation fund. It was Mellon's fifth donation to the battlefield, he said.
The deal, which has been in the works for about a year, dovetails conveniently with this weekend's commemoration of the battle, Lynn said.