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104 STAT. 4504 PUBLIC LAW 101-628—NOV. 28, 1990 (3) the term "Shenandoah Valley Civil War sites" means those sites and structures situated in the Shenandoah Valley in the Commonwealth of Virginia which are thematically tied with the nationally significant events that occurred in the region during the Civil War, including, but not limited to, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's 1862 "Valley Campaign" and General Philip Sheridan's 1864 campaign culminating in the battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. 16 USC la-5 SEC. 1203. FINDINGS. The Congress finds that— (1) many sites and structures associated with the Civil War which represent important means by which the Civil War may continue to be understood and interpreted by the public are located in regions which are undergoing rapid urban and suburban development; and (2) it is important to obtain current information on the significance of such sites, threats to their integrity, and alternatives for their preservation and interpretation for the benefit of the Nation. 16 USC la-5 SEC. 1204. SHENANDOAH VALLEY CIVIL WAR SITES STUDY. (a) STUDY.—(1) The Secretary is authorized and directed to prepare a study of Shenandoah Valley Civil War sites. Such study shall identify the sites, determine the relative significance of such sites, assess short- and long-term threats to their integrity, and provide alternatives for the preservation and interpretation of such sites by Federal, State, and local governments, or other public or private entities, as may be appropriate. Such alternatives may include, but shall not be limited to, designation as units of the National Park System or as affiliated areas. The study shall examine methods and make recommendations to continue current land use practices, such as agriculture, where feasible. (2) The Secretary shall designate at least two nationally recognized Civil War historians to participate in the study required by paragraph (1). (3) The study shall include the views and recommendations of the National Park System Advisory Board. (b) TRANSMITTAL TO CONGRESS. —Not later than 1 year after the date that funds are made available for the study referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary shall transmit such study to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate. 16 USC la-5 SEC. 1205. ESTABLISHMENT OF CIVIL WAR SITES ADVISORY COMMISSION. (a) IN GENERAL.— T here is hereby established the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. The Commission shall consist of thirteen members appointed as follows: (1) Twice individuals who are nationally recognized as experts and authorities on the history of the Civil War, and two individuals who are nationally recognized as experts and authorities in historic preservation and land use planning, appointed by the Secretary. (2) The Director of the National Park Service or his or her designee.